"...unforgettable versatility, sensitivity and sublime musicianship."
Classical Guitar Magazine
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 a Master of Music and an 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 Fisk, 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.
On May 10, 2014 the Guitar Society of Toronto celebrated the 90th birthday of the Society’s founder, well known pedagogue Eli Kassner, with a gala concert. Several of Eli’s previous students performed, as well as other guitarists who have been significant in his life.
The Guitar Society of Toronto is proud to announce that six of its volunteers received the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for their continuing contribution to the organization. Honorees Heather Morand Clark (10 years), Timothy Smith (10 years), Patrick Feely (10 years), Michael Savona (10 years), Chantal Bresse Wilson (5 years) and Mariette Stephenson (5 years) were recognized during a recent Guitar Society event.
On October 16th Eli Kassner, founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of The Guitar Society of Toronto, attended a ceremony presided over by The Honourable Bob Rae, where he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.