Bernard Soler

Bernardo Soler award Winning Filipino Guitarist from Melbourne, Victoria, offering a selection of unique music that reflects the true Mediterranean culture: Bossa nova, Rumba flamenca, Boleros (Spanish love songs), Latin and Pop tunes.

He has enjoyed enormous success in guitar competitions around the world. In October 1981, he won first prize in the “Concourso de Guitarra” from the Centro Cultural de la Embajada de Espana in celebration of La Semana de Hispanidad. November 1981, first prize in the “National Music Competition for Young Artist” (category A), Philippines. October 1982, Grand Prix winner at the Sixth Philippine Guitar Festival. November 1982, second prize in the Southeast Asia Guitar Festival, held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

November 1987, first prize in the National Music Competition for Young Artist (category C), Philippines. November 1988 he represented the Philippines at the “Concourso Internacional de Ejucacion Musical Dr. Luis Sigall”, held at Vina del Mar, Chile. In 1994, he represented the Philippines at the “Primer Concourso Internacional de Guitarra Augustin Barrios”, held in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Throughout his student years he participated in master classes with famous guitarist, namely: John Williams, David Russel, Manuel Barrueco, David Tanenbaum, Stephen Rak, Leo Witozinski, and Timothy Walker, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Igor Saavedra. He has performed all over the Philippines, Indonesia, South America, and Australia

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