Miguel Bonachea, guitarist
Miguel Bonachea is originally from Santa Clara, Cuba. He studied classical guitar at the National School of Music and the University of Arts (formerly Higher Institute of Art) in Havana under Flores Chaviano and Jesus Ortega among others. He was also an active student in master classes with Leo Brouwer, Arnaud Dumond, David Russell, and other internationally acclaimed guitarists.
During his early years he won several prizes such as the Second Prize by the Association of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). At the International Festival and Competition of Havana, Bonachea was awarded the Third Prize, the Special Prize by the President of Honor of the Jury, Maria Luisa Anido, and the Prize for Best Performance of Cuban Music.
He toured extensively making appearance at the Carrefour Mondiale de la Guitarra, Martinique; Interpodium, Bratislava, and Festival of Contemporary Music of Havana, among many others. In more recent years he has also performed at the Festival of Contemporary Classical Music, Lima; Encounter of Guitars Ciudad de Quito, Ecuador, and International Guitar Festival Compensar, Bogotá. He has been guest soloist of several symphonic and chamber orchestras in different countries.
As a professor, Miguel Bonachea taught at the National School of Music and the Higher Institute of Art in Cuba, and also served for several years as faculty and Dean of the Conservatory of Cali, and Head of the Area of Guitar at the University EAFIT (Medellín) in Colombia.
More recently as a chamber musician in USA, he has conformed Trinity Trio of Miami (flute, viola, and guitar), and Vero Duo (harp and guitar) with Gretchen Chell Cover. In 2016, Vero Duo released the CD Sketchbook of a Journey with original compositions by Anthony Sidney, most of them written specially for Vero Duo.
Miguel Bonachea has been as well the dedicatee of pieces written by composers such as Moisès Bertran (Spain), Yalil Guerra (Cuba-USA), Carlos Vazquez (Puerto Rico), Leo Küpper (Belgium), Andrés Posada (Colombia), and others.