Miami based Cuban Female Guitarist, Laura Mazon, wins 3rd Prize at the 2019 Rising Stars Virtual Competition

April 15 13:50 2019
Miami based Cuban Female Guitarist, Laura Mazon, wins 3rd Prize at the 2019 Rising Stars Virtual Competition

Miami, FL – April 15, 2019 – Miami based guitarist, Laura Mazon Franqui clinched the 3rd Prize at the prestigious Rising Stars Virtual Competition. The announcement, made the past Sunday, April 7th, in the amidst of the  University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival , brought new glory to the city of Miami and the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

The 2019 Rising Stars Competition, sponsored by the University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival, featured high-level virtuoso competitors from all over the world, who submitted live videos of their playing to the jury. Being the only woman, Cuban and Miamian among the laureates, Laura Mazon Franqui represented the ideals of women empowerment, Hispanic pride and Miami’s artistic renaissance – her win is a feat in its own right.

Laura Mazon Franqui came to the United States just four years ago. In that short time, she has accomplished a relevant role as a musical performer, a passionate guitarist and guitar advocate, as well as local and national recognition. Her win at 2019 Rising Stars Virtual Competition is the testimony of her commitment and determination to “Break boundaries and expand the audience for the 21st-century classical guitar. Art is my perspective on life. Artistry for me means courage, spirituality, freedom. Consciousness, style, expression.”

About her performing style, Adam Levin, guitar virtuoso and president of the University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival, expressed: “Laura Mazon plays the guitar with majesty and sensitivity to color and nuance while transporting the public to a world of fantasy and imagination.”

The Cuban and Latino background of Laura Mazon Franqui has a great influence in her musical endeavors, as she  embraces her Hispanic Heritage as the way she interprets music She is also inspired by women empowerment, venturing into a rather uncharted territory for women – as it is a reality that the guitar world has been , by large, a male dominated world-and not only Laura Mazon Franqui wants to change the status quo, she wants to change the precepts on female guitarists, that they are just as good as their male counterpart thus deserve not only recognition and acknowledgment but also fandom.

Laura Mazon Franqui holds a Master’s degree from the Frost School of Music and is an Alumna of the University of Miami. The artist is keen on creating new meaning and context to the classical guitar, bringing it into the 21st century with a millennial output – her quest is to break the barriers that hinder her intent to change the music scene one guitar note at a time.

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