MadridGuitarDuo emerges as a meeting point of two parallel careers, those of guitarists Roberto Garcia and Pablo Gonzalez. Both were born in Madrid, where they began their musical studies with the passionate desire to surprise and delight everyone.
They end their master musical training at the "Conservatorium of Maastricht" (Netherlands) with Maestro Carlo Marchione in 2013, where they begin to play together and from time to time also with different groups of chamber music.
Later on, they focus in their solo careers and, independently, both have won prizes in various international competitions.
Since they are playing as a MadridGuitarDuo, they have recorded the album named "SUITES" with music by Piazzolla, Brouwer, Gnattali and Kleynjans, presenting it around the world in some countries such as Spain, Portugal, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and many others.
At present, in addition to their careers as performers, they are engaged in teaching in major music centres in Spain and Portugal, combining it with conducting master classes in different countries.
Musician, teacher and guitarist, Roberto García Hernández develops his music studies in Madrid, completing a teaching Degree in the " Universidad Complutense de Madrid". He also attended and succesfully finished the Higher Musical Education in the " Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid" with the Master José Luis Rodrigo. Roberto achieved a Masters Degree in Advanced Classical Guitar with the reknowned Master Carlo Marchione, in Conservatorium Maastricht(Maastricht Academy of Music), in The Netherlands.
He has attended several courses of improvement, taking master classes with Margarita Escarpa, Carles Trepat, Zoran Djukic, Alex Garrobé, Anders Clemens, Ricardo Gallén, Eduardo Baranzano, Carlos Bonell, Isabel Siweres or Alvaro Pierri, among others.
Having finished with Honors 5º and 6ºcourses of his Grade, he has presented himself for various guitar contests. He won the autonomic stage for the contest “Melómano”, arranged by Orfeo 2007 Foundation. First prize in the contest “Concello de Gondomar” 2007. Third prize “ Circo de artesanos” 2009. First prize “Cincilia, Albacete” 2010, second prize “Ciudad de Elche” 2010, second prize “Ciudad de Llerena” 2010. He won a scholarship to attend the courses “Música en Compostela”, being selected to receive the prize Andrés Segovia in the LIII edition of the festival, 2010.
Roberto developes his teaching and professional artistic career in Portugal, doing solo and chamber music. Currently he teaches and coordinate the plucked string department in Conservatório Bomfim (Braga) since 2013.
He started studying classic guitar at the age of 7 at the Professional Conservatory of Majadahonda, Madrid (Spain).
He continued with the higher education level guitar studies at the "Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid” with Gabriel Estarellas and Miguel Trápaga in 2005. He graduated four years later and was awarded with the best grade. Furthermore in 2009 he was remarkably granted by the Spanish Society of Young music performers (AIE - Sociedad de Artistas Intérpretes o Ejecutantes de España) as well as with the “José Ramirez” grant to continue with his outstanding music career abroad.
In 2009 he starts a “Master of Music” at the Hogeschool Zuyd-Conservatorium of Maastricht (The Netherlands) with Maestro Carlo Marchione. He graduated in 2012 and obtained the “Cum laude” distinction in the final recital. During that period, he also imparted guitar lectures at the United World College of Maastricht (The Netherlands).
He has participated in numerous worldwide guitar contests where he played with renowned maestros such as Hugo Geller, Roberto Aussel, Ricardo Gallén, Eduardo Fernández, Leo Brouwer, Margarita Escarpa, Dejan Ivanovic, Joaquín Clerch, Marco Smaili, Jose Luis Rodrigo, Javier Riba, Pavel Steidl, Judicäel Perroy, Marcyn Dylla or Carlo Domeniconi amongst others. He has also been finalist in several honourable international competitions, including the “IV Curso-Concurso de Guitarra Valle de Alcudia” in Spain, the “Ciutat d’Elx” in Spain or the “World Guitar Competition” in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Between 2012 and 2014 he was guitar professor at the “Conservatorio de Musica de Portimão” (Portugal) and at the “Conservatorio Nacional de Musica de Oporto” (Portugal) and later on at the Music School of Medina de Rioseco in Valladolid (Spain). Currently he is guitar professor at the Music School of Villanueva de la Cañada in Madrid (Spain).
In 2015 he is invited professor at the China Society of Guitar, the Beijing Cervantes Institute and the Yangyonxi Guitar School of Beijing and participates at “the eighth China Guitar Festival”.