"Pablo Garibay is a guitarist of rare sensitivity, nuance and musicality. His playing is poetry on the highest level."

JoAnn Falletta

Pablo Garibay, guitar

Hailed as ‘phenomenal’ by the General-Anzeiger newspaper in Bonn, Germany, Mexican guitarist Pablo Garibay has established himself as a leading force on the international classical guitar scene, with his pioneering interpretations of well-known classics and impressive performances of lesser-known masterpieces.

An eminent performer of the great Guitar concertos – notably those by Rodrigo, Vivaldi, Guiliani, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Manuel Ponce and Villa-Lobos, Pablo Garibay is particularly known for his interpretations of Latin American music having performed premieres by contemporary composers Ernesto Garcia de León, Diógenes Rivas, Mateo Barreiro and Ernesto Cordero. As a concerto soloist, Pablo Garibay made his professional debut with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de Mexico and has since appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout Europe and the Americas. He made his US debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra working with JoAnn Falletta from whom he was described as being ‘a guitarist of rare sensitivity, nuance and musicality’. Recent performances have included appearances with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and New Britain Symphony (USA), with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, the Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes and Orquesta Filarmónica de Acapulco (Mexico), the Orquesta Cuidad de Almeria (Spain) the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie (Belgium) the Niedersächsisches Sinfonieorchester (Germany) and the South African Chamber Orchestra with whom he performed the South African premiere of Manuel Ponce’s Concierto del Sur in Pretoria, South Africa. In addition, Pablo Garibay has appeared at major international festivals throughout France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States.

A winner of no fewer than 16 international prizes, including 1st prize at the prestigious International Manuel Ponce Guitar Competition (Mexico City), the René Bartoli Competition (Aix en Provence, France) the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition (Buffalo, USA) and the International Guitar Competition Aachen (Germany), Pablo Garibay studied with Juan Carlos Laguna and Iván Rísquez at the Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México (Mexico City), with Thomas Müller-Pering at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar (Germany) and with Paolo Pegoraro and Giampaolo Bandini at the Festival Internazionale Parma (Italy).

Described as ‘exceptional in every regard’ by Norbert Kraft, A&R Executive – Naxos records, Pablo Garibay is no stranger to the recording studio, having recently released recordings of music ranging from Dowland, to Ravel and Ponce on the Urtext and Fleur de son classics labels. He has recorded for RTVE in Spain and has featured internationally on live television, radio and web broadcasts. Future projects include two recordings with NAXOS with music of Mexican and Caribbean composers such as Carlos Chávez, Jorge Ritter, Manuel Ponce, Ernesto Garcia de León and Ernesto Lecuona, as well as live appearances throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Pablo Garibay is endorsed by La Bella.

Visit Pablo’s artist page on Naxos.com for a list of his discography and latest recordings

Recent rave review from ClevelandClassical.com

Cleveland Classical Guitar Society: Garibay and tacos at Plymouth (Nov. 9)

Recent press conversation with Pablo

Cleveland Classical Guitar Society: a conversation with Pablo Garibay 

Click for PDF version https://clevelandclassical.com/cleveland-classical-guitar-society-a-conversation-with-pablo-garibay/


“Pablo Garibay is a guitarist of rare sensitivity, nuance and musicality. His playing is poetry on the highest level.”
– JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

“He is a wonderful artist, plays beautifully, and is a pleasure to work with!”
– Jesse Levine, Music Director of the New Britain Symphony and Professor of Viola and Chair of the String Department at the Yale School of Music

“I found his playing to be exceptional in every regard: musicality, tone production, projection, technical security, and general audience communication. He is truly a young artist of the highest professional caliber.”
– Norbert Kraft, Producer, Artist & Repertoire Consultant, Naxos Records Adj. Prof., University of Toronto

“…Formidable technique, concentrated flair and fine sense of musicianship…” -Soundboard magazine
– GFA Sounboard Magazine

“Pablo Garibay, well developed technique, as well as elegant and astonishing mature interpretations”
– Ernesto Cordero, Composer

“Elegance in the interpretations, phrasing and musicality” -Simone Ianarelli, guitarist, Professor at the University of Colima, México, and composer
– Hebert Vazquez (1963) The Tree of Life, for amplified guitar and orchestra

“I tremendously enjoyed your performance of El Arbol de la Vida. It is a powerful piece and your spectacular playing brought out the profound poetry and stunning color of the work. Congratulations on your incredible artistry….warmest congratulations.”
– JoAnn Falletta (Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Orchestra)

“Fascinating work with a wonderful soloist,just to prove that the guitar has a rosy future.In this impressive performance,from the orchstra and conductor,it takes a real guitar virtuoso and a refined musician like Pablo Garibay to bring it off in adramatic and moving way.”
– Doron Salomon (Guest conductor in world class orchestras, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony of Asturias, Helsinki Philharmonic, Shealland Symphony, Stockholm Opera, The New Israeli Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC, City Sinfonia of London, Northern Sinfonia of England, Chamber Orchestra of Florence, Radio Symphony of Berlin)

Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948) Concierto del Sur.
La Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM (OFUNAM) conducted by Mtro. Iván López Reynoso

Hebert Vázquez (1963) “El Árbol de la Vida”
La Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM (OFUNAM) conducted by Andrés Cárdenes

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