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My spotlight this summer is on a brand new addition to our manuscripts holdings at the Latin American Library. We are delighted to serve as the repository for the personal and professional papers of internationally renowned Cuban-American guitar maestro and longtime Professor of Guitar Performance at Tulane, Elías Barreiro (b. 1930).
The Elías Barreiro collection measures 18 linear feet of material and documents the maestro’s professional career spanning over five decades and three continents. It contains personal correspondence, photographs, original scores and arrangements for guitar by Barreiro; CDs of his music recordings; correspondence, diverse ephemera in the form of recital and concert programs, flyers, posters, and postcards, photographs, LPs and books from his personal library about music, and newspaper clippings documenting Barreiro’s concerts in the US and abroad as well as those of his mentor, renowned Spanish classical guitar maestro, Andrés Segovia.
Born in Santiago de Cuba, Elías Barreiro studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and did his post-graduate work with Andrés Segovia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He performed extensively in Cuba and abroad as a recitalist, a soloist with orchestra, and with chamber ensembles. During his tenure as professor and head of the guitar program at Tulane University, Elías Barreiro has numerous recordings to his credit, and he has edited and arranged scores for over forty books on guitar music published by Hansen Publications, the Willis Music Company, Editions Orphée, and now exclusively by Mel Bay Publications. He has participated in juries at both national and international competitions and has won numerous awards, including the 1992 Mentor Award given by the Guitar Foundation of America; a lifetime achievement award in music conferred by the New Orleans International Music Colloquium; and a Proclamation Award for outstanding service to the community issued by the City of New Orleans. Professor Barreiro’s distinguished legacy in the field of classical guitar continues to thrive among generations of students he mentored, as captured in the photograph image above taken by an unknown photographer at Tulane University, c 1990s.
To consult these and other materials from the physical collection and to find other resources about Cuban and Cuban American musicians, performers, and artists, contact us to view and listen to them in the Latin American Library's Reading Room or search our database using the Quick Link above.
Christine Hernández, Curator of Special Collections