Renaldo Guadalupe Álamo
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Renaldo Guadalupe Álamo is getting well known in the guitar world not only as a classical guitar performer, but as a composer as well. His CD Incógnita, which includes some of his compositions, has received good critics among important figures in the classical guitar world.
“A few words about Renaldo Guadalupe's new CD. It is a joy to listen to this recording. Mr. Guadalupe has chosen a very attractive program for his new CD, including works of great quality. His interpretation of all the pieces here are played with the quality that these composers deserve. Splendid Performance!” -
Jorge Morel, world renowned classical guitar player, and composer.
“... fills out the rest of the programme with his own compositions which, it has to be said, stand up well against the rest of the tracks. Throughout, Alamo plays well with a good clean sound quite able to project the melody lines in his performances. His lightning quick scales and strong rasgueados give an exitement to his music but he is equally able to play sensitively where required... the disc is well worth adding to your collection.”
Classical Guitar Magazine, London, November 2007 issue
“Both versions, Myers' Cavatina as well as Rodrigo's Zapateado are worth buying the cd.”
Ernesto Cordero, composer
Competing, he won the Third place at the 10th Carrefour Mondiale de la Guitare, Martinique, December 1992; and the Second Prize at the 2erne Prix d’Interprétation des Caraïbes, May 1995. He has played in different parts of Puerto Rico, the United States, México, Venezuela, Martinica and Spain.
Mr. Guadalupe holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Guitar Performance from the Frost School of Music of the University of Miami. His doctoral dissertation A Compilation of Selected Callisthenic Exercises Designed to Address Specific Technical Aspects in Guitar Performance is considered as a great contribution to the classical guitar world in which he discusses issues like the need of working certain technical exercises for the mechanical improvement of the hands, avoiding serious illnesses such as the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and others.
He has not only been a well-educated classical guitarist, he has also moved on and explored flamenco guitar studying with Paco Serrano at Córdoba, Spain. He also played for two years with Antonio Santaella Flamenco Dance Company, and taught flamenco guitar at Casa España in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
He has studied with important artists such as Leonardo Egúrbida, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Roland Dyens, Alirio Díaz, Abel Carlevaro, Norbert Kraft, Antigoni Goni, Ricardo Cobo, Ana María Rosado, Iván Rijos, Carlos Barbosa Lima, Juan Mercadal, René González, Thomas Patterson, and Pepe Romero.
He was Artist Director, Organizer, and Coordinator of the team that presented the 1st Guitar Festival at Ponce, Puerto Rico in October 2006. He has taught at the University of Arizona, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Music Conservatory, and at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, among other music institutions. He is currently a faculty member of The Hartt School, Community Division.