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Paraguayan Classical Guitarist Favio Rodriguez Gives Master Class and Concert

by Marlee Mendoza


The Strings and Chamber Music Department hosted Favio Rodriguez: Classical Guitar Master Class and Concert last January 21, 2019 at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium. The master class covered various means on improving guitar technique. Rodriguez introduced the value of “doing more with less,” a practical principle that would guide guitar students on how to manage and address time-constrained practice. Efficient production of tones with minimal hand movements and personalized finger exercises that accommodate multiple nuances were among the solutions. He also emphasized the importance of being specific on the execution of a piece.


Jozsef Terek and Friends

Supplementary to the principle is being meticulous in the tiniest details of a piece which makes a huge difference to its overall performance. Rodriguez also stressed that thorough knowledge of a piece is required of any musician to be able to execute the intentions of the composer and to communicate one’s own interpretation.

This is a critical necessity especially for Filipino classical guitarists since the classical guitar in the Philippines is still working its way into wider markets, audiences and avenues. Filipino classical guitarists must be equipped with qualities that would appropriate the classical guitar into society and help the masses imbibe this particular field.


After the master class, Rodriguez performed a one-hour concert of Paraguayan, Spanish, and French music. The program started with pieces by Paraguayan composer, Agustin Barrios, titled Mangore: Una limosna por el amor de Dios (An Alm for the Love of God), a challenging tremolo piece; followed by Caazapa and Jha Che Valle (Oh my homeland!).

Jòzsef Terèk

The next part of the program consisted of works by the late French composer, Roland Dyens. Among the pieces performed were the famous Tango en Skaï, Felicidade, Libra Sonatine and an arrangement of the Chinese folksong, The Moon Represents My Heart. The concert concluded with an encore of Pedro Martinez’s Cancion para ellas arranged for two guitars by Rodriguez which he performed with guitar faculty, Patrick Roxas.

Jozsef Terek and Friends


Recipients of the master class were guitar majors Johann Mendoza, Micah Sanchez and Ricardo Balledos. Aside from the guitar students and faculty, grade 10 students from Berea Arts and Science High School also attended both master class and concert.



Rodriguez is currently an instructor at the National University of Asuncion and of the Pu Rory Ensemble, a group directed by Paraguayan classical guitarist, Berta Rojas. He was born in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay where he started his guitar playing at the age of 10.


In 2010, he graduated from the National Taiwan University of the Arts under a full scholarship and continued his master’s degree at the Birmingham Conservatoire in England. Rodriguez has performed in several recitals and festivals across Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Peru. Rodriguez recently released an album entitled Homenaje a Roland Dyens dedicated to the late French composer.

Jòzsef Terèk

In 2010, he graduated from the National Taiwan University of the Arts under a full scholarship and continued his master’s degree at the Birmingham Conservatoire in England. Rodriguez has performed in several recitals and festivals across Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Peru. Rodriguez recently released an album entitled Homenaje a Roland Dyens dedicated to the late French composer.



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