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32nd KOBLENZ GUITAR FESTIVAL & ACADEMY Sunday 12th May - Monday 20th May 2024

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD OF THE KOBLENZ INTERNATIONAL GUITAR ACADEMY FOR MANUEL BARRUECO

Manuel BarruecoManuel Barrueco / Photo Kai MyllerAt irregular intervals the Koblenz International Guitar Academy presents its “Lifetime Achievement Award” to someone who has made outstanding achievements in service of the guitar.

Until now the prize has been awarded to Pepe und Celin Romero, Konrad Ragossnig, John D’Addario, Bernard Maillot, Wolf Biermann and Hubert Käppel

On Pentecost Monday, during a festive musical ceremony, students, colleagues, companions and friends will be coming together to celebrate and honour Manuel Barrueco. He has helped raise the significance of the guitar in the classical music world and advanced the instruments reputation as a fully fledged part of concert life across the globe.

Without question, Manuel Barrueco is one of the most outstanding figures in the history of the classical guitar. In 2024 he will be celebrating 50 years on stage and has been for more than two decades a regular part of the Koblenz International Guitar Festival & Academy.

We are extremely grateful to him for the work together over many years. We offer our sincerest congratulations and are looking forward to many more years together in the future.

Prof. Georg Schmitz
Koblenz Guitar Festival & Academy


Lukasz Kuropaczewski

Maestro Manuel Barrueco is one of the most important people in my life. He is my mentor, my inspiration, my friend. He taught me more than anybody. He will forever be my role model in music and life. Thank you, Maestro and congratulations on the Koblenz Lifetime Achievement Award!

Lukasz Kuropaczewski

Yucen Du

祝贺Manuel Barrueco荣获终身成就奖!他的音乐才华与演奏技艺无可比拟,为吉他音乐界树立了光辉的典范。愿他继续在音乐之路上璀璨前行,为世界带来更多美妙的音乐,启发更多人心灵的共鸣与感动
 
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Tilman Hoppstock

Dear Manuel Barrueco,

We haven't met often and don't know each other well personally. Nevertheless, I have been very familiar with you for many years through your playing, because when I heard your recordings for the first time at the end of the 1970s - around 45 years ago - it was like an epiphany for me, because it was guitar playing that completely redefined the dimensions of our instrument.
That sound! This precision! This clarity! The uniqueness of the interpretations of the works of Albéniz, Granados and Villa-Lobos! Until then, I didn't realise that it was possible to present the structure of the music in such a complex way. Incredible in EVERY respect!
These inspirations have always accompanied and influenced my own playing.I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
There is probably no other guitarist in the world who deserves the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Koblenz International Guitar Academy more than you. Congratulations to you (and hopefully we will get to know each other better soon),
 
Tilman Hoppstock

Glauber Rocha

Dear Manuel Barrueco,

É um privilégio escrever essa pequena mensagem em sua homenagem, você é um dos grandes violonistas do séc.XX.
Recordo a primeira vez que escutei as suas gravações dos anos 80 e 90, esses discos foram impactantes na minha trajetória violonística.

Maestro, muito obrigado pelo amor e dedicação ao violão durante todos esses anos, continue nos inspirando com o seu imenso talento! 

Glauber Rocha

Kristina Vårlid

Gratulerer så masse til Maestro Manuel Barrueco med denne velfortjente prisen. Det er fantastisk alt han har gjort for den klassiske gitaren, tidløse innspillinger, arrangementer, konserter og mye mer. Han er en levende legende! Et av høydepunktene for meg i Koblenz var når jeg fikk æren av å ha en mesterklasse med ham samt å høre han spille live. Det var stort! Takk for alt! 

Kristina Vårlid

Marco Tamayo

We had only a handful of cassettes, a scarce resource. Occasionally, I couldn't rewind the tape with the recorder, resorting to a pencil—a primitive method that became my gateway to learning from the great guitarists of that era. One of my top three or four guitar idols was always Manuel Barrueco. I immersed myself in his recordings of Giuliani and Paganini, among others. Meticulously, I copied his fingerings for every discernible nuance, be it glissandos or strings. The process was demanding but rewarding.


Supporting this journey were low-definition VHS tapes, a stark contrast to today's standards—a significant challenge. I admired Barrueco's elegance, his use of colors, and his rubato. I aimed to shape my path influenced by his interpretations. Upon meeting him, I discovered the human behind the enchanting magic that had captivated me since childhood. A great man, balancing emotions with rigorous discipline. All I had imagined was affirmed in our encounters.

Once, an unexpected opportunity arose to play for him at a Masterclass, despite not being initially on the list. When he inquired who wanted to play, I eagerly jumped in. Post-performance, he imparted a valuable comment, a real lesson—one I now share with all my students and intend to pass on for life. It was then that I grasped the challenge of extracting his fingerings from a simple tape. Thank you sincerely for your art, dedication, elegance, and for being a standard-bearer of our instrument.

Congratulations on the well-deserved award.

Sincerely,
Marco Tamayo

Stephen Goss

I cannot remember when I first heard the name Manuel Barrueco. His early EMI Classics recordings had a profound effect on my musical development. It’s as if technique and musicianship on the guitar had suddenly come of age - the sign of things to come. Manuel has commissioned some of the most important recent works involving the guitar, composers like Michael Daugherty, Arvo Pärt, Roberto Sierra, and Toru Takemitsu are names that immediately come to mind. Manuel completely revolutionised guitar pedagogy, nurturing many of today’s top soloists in his class at Peabody. Above all, Manuel is an incredibly warm, generous, witty, and friendly person, someone I am proud know a little. Congratulations Manuel on receiving this lifetime achievement award.

Stephen Goss

Alfred Eickholt

Manuel Barrueco ist sicher einer der außergewöhnlichsten Künstler unseres Instrumentes. Als Solist, Kammermusiker und Lehrer repräsentiert er die Gitarre über Jahrzehnte auf höchstem Niveau, und seine internationale Karriere ist nahezu unvergleichlich.

Seine bereits 1979 veröffentlichten Aufnahmen von Werken von Albeniz und Granados inspirierten und beeinflussten eine ganze Gitarren-Generation. Seitdem hat er sich durch sein Können, seine Arbeit und sein menschliches Auftreten unschätzbare Verdienste um die Gitarre erworben. Sein Lebenswerk stellt ihn auf eine Stufe mit den großen Musikerinnen und Musikern unserer Zeit, mit denen er zusammenspielte oder zu Kompositionen anregte.

Eine komplette Aufzählung derjenigen, mit denen er zusammen gearbeitet hat, würde den Rahmen jedes Grußwortes sprengen. Sie reicht von Arvo Pärt zu Toru Takemitsu, von Placido Domingo zu Seiji Ozawa, von Barbara Hendricks zu Frank Peter Zimmermann, oder von „The King´s Singers“ zu Al di Meola, um nur einige wenige zu nennen.

Er wurde in alle weltberühmten Konzertsäle und Musikmetropolen eingeladen und präsentiert dort seit mehr als 45 Jahren die hohe Kunst seines Gitarrenspiels. Er ist ein Botschafter unseres Instrumentes, der kaum überzeugender sein könnte, und wir dürfen seine Arbeit ohne Übertreibung als Geschenk für die Gitarrengemeinschaft der Welt bezeichnen. Daher kann ich mich vor dieser Lebensleistung nur verneigen und ihm mit Dank und großem Respekt zu dieser Auszeichnung gratulieren

Mit allen guten Wünschen für viele weitere Jahre im Geist unseres Instrumentes

Alfred Eickholt

Rafael Padron

Manuel, Manuel Barrueco siempre estará ahí!
En mi experiencia de ser un guitarrista, Manuel es un increíble ser humano , una persona encantadora en todos los sentidos!
Te agradezco mucho por todas tus enseñanzas, nunca acabaré de aprender de ti, sigo aprendiendo cada día.
Mi Maestro por siempre!
Gracias Manuel

Rafael Padron

Cecilia Rodrigo

I first met Manuel Barrueco around 1986, at a solo guitar recital he gave in Mainz, attended by my parents. As I listened to my father's comments after the concert, I realized that we were witnessing the beginnings of a great guitarist, as time has proven in the years that followed.
Since then, I have had the opportunity to meet Manuel and his wife on several occasions in guitar forums all around the world. I wish him many more years of success, also in his educational work.

Cecilia Rodrigo

Kornela Arwicz - Sienicka

Gratuluję z całego serca przyznanej nagrody za całokształt twórczości, życząc dalszych sukcesów zawodowych i osobistych oraz spełnienia marzeń.

Kornela Arwicz - Sienicka