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Berta Rojas



Biography

Praised by the Washington Post as a ôguitarist extraordinaire,ö Berta Rojas is a Dorian Recordings artist who has performed in such venues as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress, South Bank Center in London, and the Ravello Festival in Italy. She has released two CDs: Concierto Latinoamericano and Intimate Barrios. The latter recording was selected by Gramophone UK as ôone of the top three recommended recordings for the music of Barrios,ö which is a high compliment indeed in that the other two recordings are those of John Williams, considered by many to be one of the world's finest guitarists.

In 1996 the Kennedy Center selected Ms. Rojas as a Kennedy Center Fellow of the Americas in recognition of artistic excellence. This fellowship as well as the one granted by the Organization of American States in 1997 allowed Ms. Rojas to undertake post-graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Rojas earned a Masters Degree in Music with honors, a Graduate Performance Diploma, and was awarded with the Zaidee Thomas Award (1998) and Harold Randolph Prizes (1999). She also holds a bachelorÆs degree in Guitar from the Escuela Universitaria de Musica, Uruguay. Her teachers have included: Abel Carlevaro, Eduardo Fernandez, and Mario PayseT in Uruguay; Felipe Sosa and Violeta de Mestral in Paraguay; and Manuel Barrueco, Ray Chester and Julian Gray in the United States.

She was Artistic Director of the First Agustin Barrios International Competition and Festival in Paraguay, held to honor the great Paraguayan guitarist on the 50th anniversary of his death. This event brought together such diverse artists as John Williams, Hopkinson Smith, Abel Carlevaro, Graciela Pomponio, Enrique Pinto, and Richard Stover. At present, she is the Artistic Director of Concurso de Interpretacion Ciudad de Asuncion, a competition for young artists in her native country, Paraguay. Ms. Rojas has been awarded numerous prizes and distinctions for her contributions to Paraguayan cultural life. These include being honored as the ôPersonality of the Year 2000ö (Revista Cartelera) and ôOutstanding Young Personality of the Yearö (Junior Chamber, 1992).
Berta Rojas