Russell Cleveland, an internationally known collector of classical and acoustic guitars, endowed the professorship in October 2009, when Madriguera became the first recipient.
Madriguera is a co-founder and artistic director of the Texas Guitar Competition and Festival and the Guitar Series at UT Dallas. The Texas competition attracts an elite level of competitors from around the world.
I am honored to be the first holder of this professorship. Russell’s commitment to our program goes much deeper than his generous financial support over the years. He always volunteers his time and wisdom, both of which are priceless to us. Russell’s creative thinking and managerial prowess have been great assets to the festival and building a world-class guitar series.
Dr. Enric Madriguera is a master of the classical guitar. His recordings of Spanish and Latin American music have received critical praise. He is in demand as a performer and teacher.
Madriguera has appeared at the International Guitar Festival Rust in Austria, the Chamber Art Festival in Madrid, and the Ramon Noble Guitar Festival in Mexico. He has taught at the Escuela de Artes in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico, as a guest professor on a Fulbright Scholarship.
In 2001, Madriguera toured Vietnam and taught in the country’s music conservatories.
Since forming a guitar duo in 1996, Madriguera and his wife, Sabine Rabe, have performed in festivals in the Americas and Europe including prestigious halls such as the Sala Manuel M. Ponce at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City and the concert hall of the Villa de Madrid for the Guitar Society of Spain.
Madriguera is a co-founder and artistic director for the Texas Guitar Competition and Festival, and the Guitar Series at UT Dallas. He is also the director of The Collegiate Competition and Festival at Eastfield College, which focuses on high school and undergraduate students. He is a past advisory chair for the Dallas Classic Guitar Society and a current advisory member to the Allegro Guitar Society.
Since 2009, he has been invited to perform in Brazil, Sao Paulo and Ecuador. Recently, he was honored by the Cuenca International Festival for his work there over the last two decades. Madriguera attended the 2011 Luys Milan Festival where he performed and was president of the jury.
Madriguera earned a master’s degree in humanities in 1984 and a PhD in humanities in 1993, both from UT Dallas.