Friends of Music presents Carlos Castilla, Classical Guitarist


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Matthews Minisry Center


Linda Volman Lane
(910) 630-7100


Presented by Friends of Music

Dr. Carlos Castilla has been featured as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles, as well as in solo recitals in different cities in Latin America and the United States. He has worked as a collaborative artist with orchestras featuring stars such as Placido Domingo, James Galway, and Bernadette Peters. Carlos is the cofounder of Duo Guitiano, along with Cuban-American pianist Amanda Virelles, and is known for his innovative technique, clear sound, and soulful interpretations.

Castilla holds a Bachelor of Music from Los Andes University at Bogotá-Colombia, where he studied with Maestro Jaime Arias Obregón, and also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in guitar performance and pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Before coming to the United States, Carlos worked as a guitar professor at Universidad del Atlántico in his native Barranquilla, Colombia, where he also founded and directed the Philharmonic Society of Barranquilla (SOFIBA), which organized and promoted a vast array of cultural events in the community.

He is a devoted teacher and performer and is active as a recitalist, lecturer, and adjudicator. After living in Nashville, Tenn. for the past four years where he taught at Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee State University, he now lives in Fayetteville, N.C. Carlos runs a private studio and teaches at Fayetteville State University, North Carolina State University, Coastal Carolina Community College, and Methodist University.

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The Friends of Music Guest Artist Series is supported by the Arts Council in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Friends of Music 2018-19 Season

Carlos Castilla, Classical Guitarist

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