As a concert artist, classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo has performed throughout North America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Asia, and Europe as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. He has received critical acclaim from Classical Guitar Magazine and other publications for his performances, and was the winner of numerous competitions, including the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura International Guitar Competition, Schadt String Competition, and Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition.
Rene Izquierdo has shared a stage with prestigious guitarists including Eliot Fisk and Benjamin Verdery, renowned flutist Ransom Wilson, soprano Lucy Shelton, the Quintet of the Americas, multi-instrumentalist David Jolley, and has recorded with Paquito d’Rivera, among others. Composers including Jorge Morel and Carlos R. Rivera have dedicated works to him.
A native of Cuba, Izquierdo graduated from the Guillermo Tomás Conservatory, Amadeo Roldán Conservatory and Superior Institute of Art in Havana. In the United States, he earned Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale University School of Music.
Izquierdo is currently a professor of classical guitar at the Peck School of the Arts at University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.