Rene Izquierdo, a native of Cuba, earned advanced degrees from the Yale University School of Music. He has appeared as a guest soloist and in chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Cuba and Europe. He has shared the stage with prestigious guitarists including Eliot Fisk, Benjamin Verdery and Jorge Morel, as well as Ransom Wilson, Lucy Shelton, David Jolley and Paquito d’Rivera. Renowned composers such as Jorge Morel and Carlos R. Rivera have dedicated works to him. Izquierdo is a winner of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura International Guitar Competition, Schadt String competition, and Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition, among others. He is a professor of classical guitar at Wisconsin State University in Milwaukee.