A Musical Journey through the Americas with Classical Guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas and the Americano Trio

February 13, 2020

(ATLANTA) – Praised as the soul of the Spanish guitar, Pablo Sáinz Villegas has become a worldwide sensation known as this generation’s great classical guitarist. With his “virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance” as described by the New York Times, Sáinz Villegas has played on some of the world’s most prestigious stages that include Carnegie Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The concert takes place at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020, beginning with a solo classical guitar program featuring Sáinz Villegas’ passionate, emotive and open-hearted style. Versatile bassist Pedro Giraudo and master percussionist Nacho Arimany join Sáinz Villegas for the second half of the concert as the Americano Trio embark on a musical journey through nostalgic tango, vivid Venezuelan rhythms, and harmonic American bluegrass.

About the Artists: 

Born in La Rioja in Northern Spain, Pablo Sáinz Villegas is known for a sound so rich and full that it does not need amplification. His concerto performances regularly inspire new invitations and re-engagements in more than 30 countries. Sáinz Villegas has played with the world’s top-level orchestras including the Pittsburgh, Bergen, and Israel Philharmonics, as well as Cincinnati, Spanish National, and Boston Symphonies. He made a series of important debuts under the baton of Frühbeck de Burgos, and has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with conductors including Juanjo Mena, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Carlos Kalmar, Gustavo Gimeno, and Cristian Macelaru.  

Originally from Córdoba, Argentina, Pedro Giraudo is a Grammy Award-winning composer, conductor, and arranger whose collaborations range from tango to jazz and include such legendary artists as Pablo Ziegler and Branford Marsalis. Giraudo has conducted the world-renowned WDR Big Band and Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and has played bass on dozens of albums for leading record labels around the world. 

Nacho Arimany works as a producer, performer, and educator. Specializing in North African and flamenco rhythms, he performs internationally as a flamenco percussionist and has received critical acclaim for his work with flamenco greats Joaquín Cortés, Rocío Molina, and Rafaela Carrasco.

About the Candler Concert Series:

Made possible by a generous gift from the late Flora Glenn Candler, the Candler Concert Series brings internationally-renowned artists to the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University. Candler artists range from large ensembles to solo artists and come from a wide variety of musical genres. 

All concerts are presented in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts (1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322). Tickets are available through the Schwartz Center Box Office online at schwartz.emory.edu, in person, or by calling 404.727.5050 Monday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m. 

The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is committed to providing performances and facilities accessible to all. Accommodation requests should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the event to the box office at 404.727.5050, or by email at boxoffice@emory.edu