Rovshan Mamedkuliev will give a recital with Tucson Guitar Society next Thursday, then he’s off to Phoenix and Flagstaff.

Tucson Guitar Society

The Tucson Guitar Society will host Russian guitarist Rovshan Mamedkuliev in his Arizona debut recital next Thursday.

It is part of Mamedkuliev’s whirlwind Arizona swing that includes a stop in Phoenix on Jan. 24 and Flagstaff Jan. 25.

Mamedkuliev is midway through a 50-concert tour awarded by the Guitar Foundation of America after he won first prize in the group’s annual International Concert Artist Competition in 2012.

Tucson Guitar Society is among the American presenters that host the contest winners.

The  foundation contest is classical guitar’s most prestigious competition. Mamedkuliev added the win to a resume-busting list of competition victories including the A. Frauchi contest in Russia; Spain’s First International Guitar Competition “Heitor Villa-Lobos” and the country’s “Francisco Tarrega” Competition, and France’s International Guitar Competition L. Brouwer, where he was a finalist and earned a special prize for best interpretation of Tarrega’s compositions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin honored Mamedkuliev in 2006 for high achievement in art.

Mamedkuliev was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and grew up in Russia. He started studying guitar when he was 11 years old. He teaches at Nizhniy Novgorod Conservatoire in its Department of Folk Instruments and at Arzamas Music College.

Cathalena E. Burch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.