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Manuel Espinás, mexican nacionalized since 2004, studied music in his hometown: La Habana, Cuba.
He started guitar lessons with Clara Nicola Romero and Roberto Kessel. In 1993 he graduated from I.S.A. (Superior Institute of Art) under the guidance of Professor Jesús Ortega. During his studies Manuel Espinas was distinguished as the Artwork Creation Most Oustanding Graduate from his generation.
Espinás was also awarded in competitions organized by Dirección de Enseñanza Artística de Cuba (D.E.A) (Department of Artistic Education), Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (U.N.E.A.C.) (Writers and Artists Cuban Union). He participated in concerts organized by Juventudes Musicales (Musical Youth) in international guitar festivals in La Habana. He also has entered the field of composition where he won national and international awards. His work LABERINTOS for guitar quartet was awarded in Canary Islands and recorded by the cuban company E.G.R.E.M. The cuban publisher has some of his works in its catalog.
He has performed as a soloist in Italy, Spain, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, U.S.A., Venezuela, Peru, Colombia and Mexico. He performs in GFA Guitar Festival (U.S.A. 2000), conducting the Paracho Guitar Ensemble. He has played with Valencia Symphony Orchestra (end of the contest, Tárrega 1993); State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra; Matanzas Sypmhony Orchestra (Cuba); Camagüey Symphony Orchestra (Cuba); UDLAP Chamber Ensamble and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, among other groups.
His art has been listened in Cuernavaca International Guitar Festival; Morelia City International Chamber Music Festival; International Forum of New Music “Manuel Enríquez” (playing the premiere of his own work); International Paracho Guitar Fair, Michoacán; International Guitar Series “La Guitarra Hoy”; International Guitar Week (U.N.A.M.); International Guitar Festival “Radio Nuevo León” in Monterrey; Historic Downtown Festival 2007; all in Mexico. In La Habana International Guitar Festival; International Guitar Seminar “Eduardo Fabini” in Montevideo, Uruguay (2008 y 2010); Vital Medeiros International Guitar Seminar in Sao Paulo, Brazil; International Guitar Festival Fabritio Caroso in Italy (2009 y 2010) and the 1st. International Guitar Seminar in Cali, Colombia (2011), just to name a few.
Among his awards are:
• Awarad for Best Interpretation of the work of Francisco Tárrega in the XXVII International Guitar Competition “Francisco Tárrega” - Benicasim – Spain – 1993.
• Third Award and four Special Prizes: (1) Artistry Award; (2) “Paco Marín” Award; (3) E.G.R.E.M. Award and (4) Cuba Music Publisher Award, in the VI International Guitar Competition in La Habana – 1992.
• First National Guitar Award (performing) – la Habana – 1992.
• First Award in Guitar Performers Competition – Paracho – Michoacán – 1995.
• Composition U.N.E.A.C. Award (Single Prize) – 1990.
• Second Award in International Guitar Competition “Kukulkan” - Chiapas – México – 1999
• Teaching Award - UDLAP , 2006.
Espinás has atended interpretation lectures with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Michael Lorimer, Flavio Cucchi and Costas Cotsiolis; and composition lectures with Harold Gramatges and Tulio Peramo. He records for Cuba and Mexico radio.

In 2003 he obtained the FOESCAP (Fondo Estatal Para la Cultura y las Artes del Estado de Puebla) grant to teach 12 courses to improve the study techniques of future professional performers.

From 1998 to 2004 heads the CIDEG Guitar School (Centro para la Investigación y Desarrollo de la Guitarra) in Paracho, Michoacán.

From 2005 to 2006 is grant holder of FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes). For this reason he gave twelve concerts dedicated to perform the most outstanding guitar studies. Again, in 2008, obtains the FONCA grant with the project “Nuevos Paradigmas para el repertorio de la guitarra clásica”. In 2009, he gets the grant in CONACULTA-FONCA (Programa de Fomento a Proyectos y Coinversiones Culturales) for the production of three CDs of the project “La guitarra clásica y sus paradigmas”.

Since 2005 he is artistic director of National Classic Guitar Festival and Competition Fall-BUAP (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla).
Manuel Espinás lives in Puebla City, Mexico. He is professor and chair of guitar studies in the School of Arts, BUAP and professor in UDLAP (Universidad de las Américas Puebla). He has a Master’s Degree in Art and Aesthetics by Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, BUAP.