Monday, November 2, 2015

Cuban-born Flamenco guitarist Josué Tacoronte will perform with members of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, on Nov. 20.

Tacoronte began his musical studies at the age of 6 and by age 10 was receiving his first formal classical guitar lessons with Rosario Castro at the Conservatory of Guanabacoa. By age 20, Tacoronte was working with the Spanish Ballet of Cuba and the Aires Flamenco Company playing flamenco guitar, composing, arranging and serving as music director.

In addition to performances in the main concert halls and theaters of his native Cuba, Tacoronte has given concerts in Spain, Morocco, France, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Mexico. He has twice been a featured artist at the Leo Brouwer International Festival of Chamber Music and at other important festivals including the International Guitar Festival of Lima, Peru, Festival International of Guitar Winterthur, and Guitar Days in Valencia, Spain.

In 2007, Tacoronte released his first CD, “Josué Tacoronte y Skpao.” “Mexico Flamenco” followed in 2010, and in 2012 Leo Brouwer produced Tacoronte’s “Brouwer Flamenco,” a CD awarded Best Concert Performance at the International Festival CUBADISCO Awards in 2013.

Tacoronte will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall at 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets are $25, $17.50 and $5 and can be purchased at or by calling (773) 442-4636.

This performance is presented as a part of the Jewel Box Series, an eight-concert professional performing arts series presented by Northeastern Illinois University’s Office of Cultural Events.

Josué Tacoronte