Concert Guitarist Carlos de la Barrera, a native of
Mr. de la Barrera’s past performances as a soloist with orchestra include several appearances with The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and The Holland Symphony Orchestra. He has also been featured with Mark O'Connor and the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra in O'Connor's "Summer." De la Barrera's guitar concerto repertoire ranges from the traditional music of J. Rodrigo and A. Vivaldi to the contemporary compositions by A. Piazzolla, A. Kernis, and O. Macha.
Mr. de la Barrera’s recent five performances of guitar solos and guitar concertos with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra at the distinguished DeVos Hall, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, were described as “captivating, with a virtuoso flourish” by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk (music critic, The Grand Rapids Press). A WGUC competition winner, his live broadcast was described as "beautifully executed" by Alan Scheidt (conductor and music critic, WGUC-FM). Renato Butturi, president of the Evansville Classical Guitar Society, wrote: "Barrera’s virtuosity and Latin style captivated the audience" (La Citarrina).
Mr. de la Barrera holds a Masters Degree from the
College-Conservatory of Music,