Daniel Salazar expands the boundaries of the traditional classical guitar by bringing together classical, Spanish, Latin American and world music elements to create a unique combination of sound, color and rhythm.
Praised internationally for his warm, virtuosic playing, his solo, chamber and orchestral performances been enjoyed by audiences in over twelve countries. His quest to reach new audiences has also led Salazar to explore and create a unique repertoire of original compositions that cross stylistic boundaries, combining the traditions of the Spanish classical guitar with other styles that influenced his musical development.
Throughout his adventurous and versatile career, Daniel Salazar has reimagined the concert experience, creating new programs that relentlessly redefine the Spanish classical guitar’s limits. In 1993 he conceived and founded Guitar Under the Stars, a large-scale outdoor concert production with the goal of sharing his musical vision with large audiences. Now in its twentieth year, Guitar Under the Stars has become a one of a kind guitar event that draws an audience thousands to hear his original music and brilliant orchestral arrangements of classical, Latin American and Spanish works. In 2013, Salazar continued his collaboration with Riverfront Recapture and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut producing the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Guitar Under The Stars and serving as Musical Director for the new and expanded Riverfront Latin World Rhythms Festival.
In addition to his solo, chamber music and concerto performances, Salazar currently performs with The Daniel Salazar Ensemble, a group of international musicians in a program that has been described as “a spectacular fusion of Spanish classical guitar with Latin and World rhythms”. He has produced and released three recordings on his own SGP label. The recordings sell internationally and are available through his website, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and other sites.
Daniel Salazar is the recipient of several prestigious honors including the 2011 Connecticut Public Service Award, a 2013 Official Citation from The State of Connecticut’s House of Representatives for leadership in music and artistic vision, and a 2013 Proclamation from the Office of The Mayor declaring “Daniel Salazar Day” in the of The City of Hartford. He has held the distinguished title of United States Artistic Ambassador to Eastern and Western Europe, served as long-time Artistic Director of the Connecticut Guitar Society and is on the faculty at The University of Connecticut and the Greater Hartford Academy for the Arts.
Daniel Salazar was born in El Paso, Texas to immigrant Mexican parents who instilled a deep love for music. He grew up surrounded by a close knit extended family, immersed in the cultural traditions of his Mexican and Spanish heritage within the bi-cultural environment of the United States border with Mexico. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Texas, holds a Master of Music Degree from the prestigious Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, and also studied guitar in Spain. Salazar has performed in master classes with illustrious classical guitar maestros and considers Oscar Ghiglia, Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, Leo Brouwer and Manuel Barrueco as most influential. He is a long time resident of Hartford, Connecticut.
With his international performances, distinctive repertoire, dynamic original music and arrangements of Spanish classics for guitar and orchestra, Daniel Salazar continues to expand the guitar’s repertoire while introducing new audiences to the beautiful sound of the Spanish classical guitar.