Guitarists Rodrigo Almeida and Daniel Duarte win in competitions

The Villa Guitar Duo, consisting of grad students Rodrigo Almeida and Daniel Duarte, recently won first prize at the Southern Illinois Young Artist Competition in Edwardsville, Ill. There were 21 competitors with all instruments, including piano, flute, saxophone, marimba, tuba, harp, percussion, violin, French horn, saxophone quartet, and guitar duo.

The duo received the second-place prize from this summer’s IX Concorso Europeo di Chitarra Classica “Città de Gorizia,” Premio Enrico Mercatali in Gorizia, Italy.

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