James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition


presented by the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and hosted by the

Cleveland Institute of Music

Ricardo Saeb (Mexico)
Mexican guitarist Ricardo Saeb has performed in venues across Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. His performances have been described as “perfectly balanced,” “of an exquisite subtlety,” and “simply spectacular.” His tours have taken him to cities as diverse as Querétaro, Beirut, New York, Ciudad Juárez, Boston, Dallas, and Córdoba. Ricardo Saeb has appeared as a guest artist at international festivals such as the Festival Internacional de Música de Morelia, Festival Internacional Chihuahua, Chicago’s Latin American Guitar Festival, among others.

Mr. Saeb has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Mexico and the USA, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, La Orquesta Filarmónica del Estado de Chihuahua, University of Kentucky’s Philharmonia, and the Camerata di Sant’Antonio. He has also collaborated with various artists and ensembles including tenor Manuel Castillo, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, pianist Cliff Jackson, the Buffalo Chamber Players, flautist Nicole Murray, and is featured in jazz saxophonist, Rusty Crutcher’s album, Romances Latinos.

In addition to performing, Dr. Saeb enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for music. He has adjudicated guitar competitions and has given masterclasses at the University of Texas at El Paso, Indiana University Southeast, California State University Stanislaus, Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium, National Guitar Competition of the UACJ, etc.

Ricardo Saeb obtained a Doctorate degree in Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky under the mentorship of Dr. Dieter Hennings. In 2018, Ricardo Saeb moved to Buffalo, NY, where he founded a community program through the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, called the HHC Guitar Initiative. The Initiative gives free guitar classes for children of underserved populations, and brings some of the best guitarists in the world to Buffalo in a free International Concert Series. Ricardo teaches privately at the Castellani-Andriaccio Guitar Studio. Ricardo Saeb recently released his premier solo recording with Fleur de Son Classics, titled Zephyr.
Artist's website: ricardosaeb.com/