Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Renaldo Guadalupe Álamo, is getting well known in the guitar world not only as a classical guitar performer, but as a composer as well. His CD, ‘’Incógnita,’’ which includes some of his compositions, has received good critics among important figures in the classical guitar world.
He has won the Third place at the 10th Carrefour Mondiale de la Guitare, Martinique, December 1992; and the Second Prize at the 2erne Prix d’Interprétation des Caraïbes, May 1995. He has played in different parts of Puerto Rico, the United States, México, Venezuela, Martinique and Spain.
Mr. Guadalupe holds a Doctor of Musical Arts on Guitar Performance, from the Frost School of Music of the University of Miami. His doctoral dissertation, ‘’A Compilation of Selected Callisthenic Exercises Designed to Address Specific Technical Aspects in Guitar Performance,’’ is considered as a great contribution to the classical guitar world in which he discusses issues like the need of working certain technical exercises for the mechanical improvement of the hands, avoiding serious illnesses such as the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, and others.
He has also moved on and explored flamenco guitar studying with Paco Serrano at Córdoba, Spain. He also played for two years with Antonio Santaella’s Flamenco Dance Company, and taught flamenco guitar at Casa España in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Between Universities studies, and Master Classes, he has studied with important artists such as Leonardo Egúrbida, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Roland Dyens, Alirio Díaz, Abel Carlevaro, Norbert Kraft, Antigoni Goni, Ricardo Cobo, Juan Sorroche, Ana María Rosado, Iván Rijos, Carlos Barbosa Lima, Juan Mercadal, René González, Thomas Patterson, and Pepe Romero. He worked as Artist Director, Organizer, and Coordinator of the team that presented the 1st Guitar Festival at Ponce, Puerto Rico in October 2006.
He has taught at the University of Arizona, University of Puerto Rico, Recint of Rio Piedras, Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, and at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, The Hart School of Music, Hartford Music Conservatory in Connecticut, among other music institutions. He is currently a faculty member at, Escuela Antonio Paoli, in Caguas, at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, in Guaynabo, and at the Cayey School of Fine Art, Cayey, Puerto Rico.