• “[obra] de virtuosismo mecánico, muy bien ejecutada por Alfonso Aguirre. Es un músico de sonoridad clara y sincera, que se lució en esta obra llena de matices de ambiente.” - El Adelantado de Segovia. España.

  • “Alfonso Aguirre Dergal cerró con broche de oro el Festival Internacional de Guitarra `Santiago Billoni´” - El Siglo de Durango. México.

  • “Este artista tiene una carrera musical en ascenso que seguramente lo convertirá en uno de los más importantes guitarristas e intérpretes de su generación en México. Sus recitales y conciertos, le han ganado un temprano prestigio en nuestro medio”. - La Guitarra Clásica en Guadalajara. Promoción Cultural de Jalisco, A. C.

  • “Aguirre-Dergal has the technical brilliance and musicality to inspire and awe from his audience.” - The Coastal Current. Texas.

  • “The music he creates makes you feel you are a part of an intimate conversation that sometimes possesses a unique sweetness of tone, sometimes speaks with a sensuous expressiveness, and sometimes brings fire to the stage.” - South Padre Parade. Texas.

  • “Alfonso Aguirre Dergal performed one of the most brilliant graduation recitals in my twenty two years of teaching at Yale.” - Benjamin Verdery. Degree Recital Report. Yale School of Music.

Biography

Alfonso Aguirre Dergal is a Mexican born classical guitarist with a successful international career. He has been soloist with orchestras in Mexico, Spain and the United States, and is regularly invited as a guest artist, teacher and jury in prestigious international guitar festivals, universities and institutions of music education in various different american and european countries.

Alfonso has been a prizewinner in numerous national and international guitar competitions including the first prize at the Appalachian Guitar Competition (USA), and first prize at the Concurso Nacional de Guitarra in Paracho (Mexico). He has also been a recipient of prestigious awards and scholarships including the Pedro Sarquis Merrewe Award, a full tuition scholarship from Yale University to complete graduate studies, and the FONCA-CONACYT scholarship award to complete PhD studies abroad.

He holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate form the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from Yale University. He is currently a candidate for a doctoral degree (PhD) in music performance studies at the Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal).

In recent dates he has been featured as solosit and as member of Duo Ditirambo in Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, the United States and Mexico in music festivals and venues such as the IV “Borguitar” Festival, XXXII Festival Internacional de Música “Manuel de Falla”, Teatros del Canal, V Festival Internacional de Guitarra “Ciudad de Caravaca”, XXIII Jornadas de Música Contemporánea de Segovia, Teatro Juan Bravo, Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid, Yale Guitar “Extravaganza” 2016, UK Internacional Guitar Series (USA), XVII Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Taxco, XXXIX Festival de Guitarra de Paracho, IX Festival Internacional de Guitarra “Ramón Noble”, XI Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Sonora, II Festival Nuntempa de Música Contemporánea, y el XXVIII Festival Cultural de Zacatecas, among others.

Alfonso has been soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra (USA) in numerous times performing the guitar concerti by Blas Galindo and Enrique Santos. He was also soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Segovia (Spain), performing Rodrigo´s Concierto de Aranjuez and with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco (MX), performing M. M. Ponce´s Concierto del Sur.

He recorded Enrique Santos’ guitar concerto in the album Music of the Americas as a soloist of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. He also recorded the CD  Perpetuum Mobile with his Dúo Ditirambo, which has been reviewed by the spanish press as “a great album… bright and elegant, with an evocative and melancholic mood that gives it immense beauty…” (Histéricas Grabaciones, Spain, 2016).

As a member of Duo Ditirambo, he is an artist of Mediaset España, for which he has filmed numerous works for their TV production “Musical Cities”, which broadcasts nationally since January 2016 in Telecinco, Spain, and which is included in the In-flight entertainment of Iberia Airlines. With his duo, he has also premiered original works by composers such as Fernando Buide Real, Mario Gosálvez Blanco, Flores Chaviano and Claudia Herrerías Guerra, among others.

From 2008-2015 Alfonso has been associate professor and chair of the guitar department at the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas School of Music (Mexico). His students have won various prizes in national solo guitar and chamber music competitions.

His primary teachers include David Mozqueda, Nicholas Goluses, and Benjamin Verdery. While at Eastman he attended Paul O’Dette’s class on baroque performance practices. He has also taken master classes with Leo Brouwer, Manuel Barrueco, Roberto Aussel, Eliot Fisk, Odair Assad, David Tenenbaum, Adam Holzman, Eduardo Fernández, Ivan Rijos, Raphaella Smits, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, among others.

Alfonso currently lives in Segovia, Spain, with his wife and son.