Kathy Acosta Zavala is a classical guitarist whose artistry has delighted audiences in Tignes, France; Quebec, Canada; Lima, Peru and Arizona, USA. Ms. Acosta Zavala performed her debut concert in Peru, her cherished homeland, this past July during the VI International GuitarFest. On the summer of 2015, she was invited to be one of the featured performers at the 47th Triennial National Convention of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional international musical fraternity for women, held in St. Louis, Missouri.
For the past six months, she has been learning from the living legends of the guitar world at the Masters in Classical Guitar Interpretation of the University of Alicante. Ms. Acosta Zavala successfully graduated on July 2016. The teacher’s roster included Grammy award winner David Russell, Pepe Romero, Grammy award winning conductor Jose De Eusebio, Latin Grammy Award winners Sergio and Odair Assad, Fabio Zanon, Latin Award winner Manuel Barrueco, Stefano Grondona, Grammy Award winner lutenist Paul Odette, and neuroscientist Victor Candia.
In 2014, she became the first female guitarist to ever win the Leonard and David Schaeffer Memorial Guitar Competition. That same year she was the University of Arizona School of Music recipient of the prestigious Presser Foundation Award. In addition to all these great accomplishments, in the summer of 2014, she was the recipient of the Sigma Alpha Iota Summer Music Scholarship and was able to perform in France and study with the renowned guitarist and teacher Judicael Perroy.
As a lover of Peruvian folkloric music, in the summer of 2013, she was awarded the Medici Scholars Award and the Honors College Research grant to travel to her homeland to expand her repertoire by studying privately with Mario Orozco, a Peruvian folkloric guitarist. In Lima, she studied intensively folkloric music and Peruvian valses arranged for the classical guitar. Currently, she is collaborating with professor Orozco on the release of his newest CD containing all his compositions and arrangements. Ms. Acosta Zavala will be featured in the CD interpreting “La Concheperla.”
Ms. Acosta Zavala holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona. In this distinguished institution, she was under the tutelage of Professor Tom Patterson and the artists in residency David Russell and Sergio and Odair Assad. She finished her Bachelor’s degree on a full scholarship funded by the Mulcahy Foundation and the International Tuition Award and was granted a Teaching Assistant position to fund her master’s degree.
Ms. Acosta Zavala plays a 2014 Gnatek guitar.