Gabriel Guillén was born in Maracay, Venezuela. At the age of 5 he began to study the guitar under the Uruguayan guitarist Mario Vidalin, who introduced him to the technique of Abel Carlevaro and the music of Uruguay and Argentina. Later, he studied with José Gregorio Guanchez at the Escela Superior de Música José Lamas. Between 1984 and 1988 Gabriel Guillén was giving recitals in most of the guitar festivals in Venezuela and toured Venezuela giving recitals in about 15 cities. In 1987 he won third prize in the Antonio Lauro Competition and was awarded first prize by Rotary International. During this time he took active part in master classes given by Abel Carlevaro, Alfredo del monaco and Abraham Abreu. He did an important production of the 1986 Radio-Television Caracas program „Clasicos Dominicales“, a program presenting the most important artists of Venezuela in that time. In 1988 Gabriel Guillén won a scholarship to study music in Europe and in the same year moved to Vienna, Austria, studying under Prof. Walter Würdinger and in Zurich, Switzerland under Prof. Konrad Ragossnig. During his studies, Guillén gave concerts in most of the European contries, South America, U.S.A and Japan. After completing his studies in Europe, Gabriel Guillén received the „Merit Award“ from the Austrian Government, the „Amigo de Venezuela“ award from the the Venezuela Postiva and the „Honors Award from the Rotary Club Caracas-Avila, the Kery Stiftung Preis, the Artinger Preis, the honor award of he city Fiuggi, Italy 2010 and 2014 together with musicians like Leo Brouwer and Alirio Diaz. He is now an internationaly acclaimed artist, who teaches at the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium in Eisenstadt, Austria, gives master classes and concerts in more than 44 counrties of the world and recorded for companies Universal and Record.v4m (Austria).
Born in Siena, Italy, in October 1955. His guitar teachers were: his father, maestro Alirio Díaz and professor Umberto Incutti,professors Angelo Amato in the “Benedetto Marcello” Conservatory in Venice, and Carlo Carfagna of the “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome, where he finished his studies and earned a degree as a guitar professor.He studied harmony, counterpoint and musical forms with the teachers Carlo Cammarota and Armando Renzi, in the Pontificio Instituto de Música Sacra. In 1978 he attended a course in Orchestral Conducting with the instructor Sergio Celibidache.He has worked as a guitar professor at the “Juan José Landaeta” Conservatory in Caracas, and has performed several times for the RAI (Italian Radio and Television).Now is Guitar Professor in Conservatory”Giuseppe Martucci” Salerno(Italy)For several years he has worked as a concert musician, performing solo and in a duo with his father, as well as performing in chamber music groups in the main Italian and international music centers, such as the Academia Nacional de Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas, the Royal Academy of London and La Maison de l’Amerique Latine in Paris ecc.
He has also served as a judge for important international guitar competitions.
Senio Alirio Diaz plays like soloist special guest with Venezuela Joung Orchestra under the prestigious direction by M°Jose Antonio Abreu who founded the Sistema Young Orchestras of Venezuela and under many other famous conductors.
He is Fundacion Alirio Diaz Assistant President and he takes care to diffuse the guitar music in all over the world with a special attention for latino – american repertoire.
Senio is the founder of National Guitar Competition “Alirio Diaz” of Venezuela and
international Guitar Competition “Alirio Diaz” in Rome.
Maestro Andrés Segovia gave him one of his instruments in recognition of Senio Díaz’s artistic merits.