Renato Serrano is one of the most outstanding Chilean guitarists of his generation, being awarded with top prizes in more than fifteen international guitar competitions. Currently, his special connection with Chilean repertoire for guitar has been developed in the preparation of a versatile program which includes arrangements and original compositions of folkloric Chilean music.

Renato Serrano is one of the most outstanding Chilean guitarists of his generation, being awarded with top prizes in more than fifteen international classical guitar competitions, including 1st Prizes in competitions such as “Andrés Segovia” (Almuñecar, Spain, 2011), “José Tomás” (Petrer, Spain, 2006) and “Ciudad de Vélez-Málaga” (Málaga, Spain, 2005).

In Chile, he completed his musical studies with honors at the Instituto de Música of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile at the Chair of the Master Alejandro Peralta Beher. Later in 2010, in USA he graduated of his Masters degree at the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona with Professor Thomas Patterson, in addition to David Russell and the Assad Brothers as professors in residence, with a perfect GPA of 4.0. Sponsored by CONICYT-CHILE, he is currently doing his Doctorate in Musical Arts degree in the same university. There, he has developed his teaching experience through his activity as Teaching Assistant in the Bolton Guitar Studies Program.

He has performed concerts as soloist with the Orchestra Andrés Segovia (Almuñécar, Spain), Symphony Orchestra of Chile (Santiago, Chile), Symphony Orchestra Cambra XX (Benicassim, Spain), Symphony Orchestra of Albacete (Petrer, Spain), Orquesta dels Valles de Catalunya (Benicassim, Spain), Classical Orchestra of University of Santiago (Santiago, Chile).

In addition, he has performed solo recitals throughout many important guitar festivals in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Spain and USA. Also, he recently was invited to perform in one of the most important guitar festivals in Spain, the “José Tomás International Guitar Festival” (Petrer, Spain), where he could work along with Leo Brouwer.

He has participated as juror in competitions like “José Tomás International Guitar Competition” (Petrer, Spain) in 2006 and 2012, where also he has given Master Classes. In addition, he has lectured conferences at festivals and musicological meetings in USA, Spain, Chile and Brazil. Also, he has further received Master Classes with teachers such as Ricardo Gallen, Eduardo Isaac, Roberto Aussell, Aniello Desiderio, Carles Trepat, and Marcin Dylla.

Mr. Serrano also has been awarded with the “Northern Trust / Virginia Piper Award” in Phoenix, AZ, on February 2011. This project allowed him to do an extensive research about the XIX Century repertoire for classical guitar, in which he could attend private lessons in Germany with Roberto Aussell, chair of the Guitar Department in Köln Musikhochschule in Germany, one of the most prestigious music schools in Europe. In addition, he had the extraordinary chance to interview one of the most important musicological figures in the field, Dr. Antonio Martín Moreno, chair of the Musicology Department at the Universidad de Granada, Spain.

Currently, his special connection with Chilean repertoire for guitar has been developed in the preparation of a versatile program which includes arrangements and original compositions of folkloric Chilean music, featuring styles like cueca, tonada and vals, and works written by Chilean contemporary composers with a more sophisticated musical language.

As well as all of the countries in Latin America, Chile was founded with a complex mixture of cultures and ethnic groups which, eventually throughout the years and in a very difficult process, were socially interacting creating the cultural identity that Chile has nowadays. Therefore, it is logic to think that the musical offspring of this cultural blending is a faithful representation of this panorama and the styles developed by Chilean composers (and or course, other Latin American composers) have a wide range of approaches which span from the traditional roots of Chilean folk music (including the indigenous music too) to the most sophisticated musical languages that present a strong influence of the European academy. In this complex environment the guitar was present from the very beginning, since it was (and still is) the most popular instrument in Chile. Hence, it represents an eclectic element in which the repertoire of two worlds, the classical and the popular, are to be mixed. In this manner, the guitar is a clear reflection of 200 years of the history of a country in which many different backgrounds had to learn to coexist in peace”.