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Alirio Diaz is a Venezuelan classical guitarist.
The eighth of eleven children, Diaz was born in Caserio La Candelaria, a small village near Carora in western Venezuela. From childhood he showed a great interest in music. At age 16 he ran away from home to Carora, where he sought better schooling. He later went to Trujillo, in the Venezuelan Andes, and studied saxophone and clarinet under Laudelino Mejias while working as a typesetter in a newspaper. He also studied English and typewriting before going to Caracas in 1945 to study the guitar at the Escuela Superior de Musica Jose Angel Lamas under Raul Borges.
In 1961, Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo's piece Invocacion y Danza, dedicated to Alirio Diaz, won the First Prize at the Coupe International de Guitare, awarded by the Office de Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise (ORTF). In turn, Diaz obliged and the next year performed this very difficult solo piece. Due to its many complexities, this particular work is very seldom performed. This was the first of many compositions subsequently dedicated to Alirio Diaz.
Concorso Internazionale di Chitarra Classica "Michele Pittaluga"
Un asunto de pulsaciones - Alirio Diaz
"80 Anos del Canto de una Guitarra"
International Jose Guillermo Carrillo Foundation
Some photos of LP covers
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