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René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan, guitars, perform at Yale Extravaganza Feb. 22

Concert includes music from Bach to Debussy
February 17, 2014
René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan

René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan

The Yale School of Music’s Guitar Extravaganza presents a concert by the classical guitar duo of René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan on Saturday, February 22nd at 5:30 pm. The performance takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Both performers are graduates of the Yale School of Music who now teach at the University of Wisconsin. Belarus-born Elina Chekan combines active performance and a teaching career, appearing as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. Argentinean composer Jorge Morel dedicated his composition “Campañas” to her. René Izquierdo is a winner of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura International Guitar Competition, Schadt String competition, and the Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition, among others.

The program includes pieces from the Baroque to the twentieth century. Pieces from the Baroque include a duet arrangement of Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata K. 213 and an arrangement of Bach’s Suite Francese No. 2. There will be selections from two composers known for their contributions to the guitar repertoire: Fernando Sor’s Fantasie, Op. 54, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Sonatina Canonica. Also on the program are short selections by Brahms and Debussy.

The concert is part of the 8th annual Yale Guitar Extravaganza.

Tickets are $12, $8 with student ID. Passes to the Guitar Extravaganza are also available. For more information, visit music.yale.edu/guitar-extravaganza or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. TICKETS 


About The Performers

Elina Chekan is currently teaching classical guitar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she also directs the Suzuki and Pre-College Guitar Program. A native of Minsk, Belarus, Ella began studying guitar at the age of 13 with Valeriy Gromov. She graduated from Minsk Music College in 1994, and the Belarus Academy of Music in 1999 under Eugene Gridiushko with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance, Orchestral Conducting, and Guitar Pedagogy. In the year 2000 Ella entered Yale University where she received the Louis and Anne Rosoff award and graduated with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance with professor Ben Verdery. Combining active performance and teaching careers, Ella has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. Some of this year’s appearances include Chamber Music Milwaukee Series, Brussels Royal Museum of Musical Instrument in Belgium, Tucson Classical Guitar Society, and Mannes College Guitar Festival in New York.

Rene Izquierdo, a native from Cuba, graduated from the Guillermo Tomas, Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and Superior Institute of Art in Havana. In the United States, Mr. Izquierdo earned  Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale University School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. While at Yale he represented the university in an exchange program with the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse du Paris and worked with guitarists Olivie Chassain and Roland Dyens. Rene has appeared as a guest soloist and in chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Cuba, and Europe. He has shared the stage with prestigious guitarists including Eliot Fist, Benjamin Verdery, and Jorge Morel, as well as renowned flutist Ransom Wilson, soprano Lucy Shelton, David Jolley, and Paquito d’Rivera. Renowned composers such as Jorge Morel and Carlos R. Rivera have dedicated works to him. Mr. Izquierdo is a recipient of numerous awards. He is currently a professor of classical guitar at the Wisconsin State University in Milwaukee and an active solo performer and chamber musician. Rene has studied with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Eli Kastner, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, David Starobin, Eduardo Fernandez, Jorge Morel, Robert Beaser, and Anthony Newman, among others.