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Grad Nicolas Emilfork wins annual Texas Guitar Competition

Fri, April 13, 2018
Grad Nicolas Emilfork wins annual Texas Guitar Competition
17th Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival

Graduate student Nicolas Emilfork has won first place at the 17th Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival.

Nicolas Emilfork Diaz earned a Performance Degree in Classical Guitar and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance, both with maximum honors at the Universidad de Chile under Ernesto Quezada. He earned a Master of Music in Performance at The University of Texas at Austin under Adam Holzman and is currently working towards a Doctor of Musical Arts.

Emilfork Diaz has won prizes at numerous competitions. In 2002 he won second place at I Concurso Internacional Ernesto Rosson del Pino. In 2005 he took third place in the VI Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Liliana Pérez Corey and came in second at the Ciutat d'Elx International Competition in Spain. In 2013 he won third place at the Colorado International Guitar Competition. He also won third place at the Southern International Guitar Competition in 2015. In 2016 Emilfork Diaz earned third place at the Columbus International Guitar Competition, Lone Star International Guitar Competition and Louisville International Guitar Competition and fourth place at the Nancy L. Cooke Memorial International Guitar Competition and ECU International Guitar Competition. In 2017 he received the fourth prize at the Colorado International Guitar Competition, Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition and Florida International Guitar Competition and third prize at the ECU International Competition.

Emilfork Diaz has appeared in concerts in Chile, Argentina, France, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Morocco and United States. He has performed as a soloist with the Universidad de Santiago de Chile Classical Orchestra (USACH) and the Marga-Marga Orchestra. He has played at a number of festivals including Festival Internacional de Guitarra Entrecuerdas, Chile; VIII Festival Internacional de Guitarra, Ciutat d'Elx, Spain; Primera Temporada de Ni de Concerté Clasics en Santa María de Solanes, Cataluña, Spain ;International Festival Guitarras de América, Chile and the International Festival Les Cordes Pincées, Morocco.

Congratulations, Nicolas!

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