Baltazar Benítez

Baltazar Benitez was born in Uruguay, where he began playing the guitar when he was twelve years old. In 1966 he continued his studies under Abel Carlevaro, teacher at the National Conservatory of Music in Montevideo. Two years later Baltazar Benitez started his professional career with success; he was chosen by the “Jeunesses Musicales” from his native country to give a series of concerts. In 1969, he was first-prize winner in a contest organized by the Uruguayan radio. Numerous important concerts followed, including several radio- and television performances, where Baltazar Benitez displayed an extremely diverse repertory: among others, concerts with orchestral accompaniment such as Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Joaquin Rodrigo’s world-famous “Concierto de Aranjuez”. One year later, he won yet another Uruguayan contest, organized by the Centro Cultural de Musica and in the same year he received a grant from the Spanish Cultural Institute to study in Santiago de Compostela under Andrs Segovia. Again one year later, in 1971, Baltazar BenItez won first prize at the annual international guitar competition in Santiago de Compostela. The following year he was sent by his country as the official delegate, to the 26th World Congress of the “Jeunesses Musicales”, which was held in Augsburg, Germany. There he was greatly acclaimed for his playing, particu- larly for his interpretations of South-American music. Following this, in 1973, he won first prize in the 7th International Trrega- contest in Benicsim (Spain).