Cuban guitarist, Rafael Padrón, began studying the guitar at the age of eleven. He attended the National School of Art in Havana, Cuba, Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University, and Frost School of Music, University of Miami. Mr. Padrón has won top prizes in many national and international competitions. He has been featured in many of the most important international guitar festivals. Rafael Padrón has performed both solo and with orchestras in South, Central and North America, Asia and Europe. Mr. Padrón has taught classical guitar at the Pedagogical Institute of Pinar del Rio, Cuba; National University of Heredia, Costa Rica; the Costa Rica University of San José, Costa Rica and The Levine School in Washington D.C. Currently, he is chairman of the guitar department at the Miami Conservatory of Music, founder of the Guitar Program at the Florida Gulf Coast University and part of the faculty at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.