Diego Barber is classical guitarist and composer from Spain. Born in the Canary Islands, Barber began playing guitar at age 10. He studied at the Conservatory of Lanzarote with Miguel Angel Calzadilla and privately with Toñin Corujo until enrolling in the Conservatory of Arturo Soria in Madrid. Following studies with renowned composer Jose Ramon Garcia, Barber received his degree in Classical Guitar Conservatory Superior of Music of Salamanca where he studied with Ricardo Gallen. Barber spent a year studying with Costas Cotsiolis at the Athens Conservatoire. Barber received his post graduate degree at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, under the tutelage of Marco Tamayo in addition to masters classes with Eliot Fisk.
Barber, who is based in New York city, is currently signed with Sunnyside Records. His debut album, ¨Calima¨ features his original compositions with drummer Jeff Ballard, acoustic bass Larry Grenadier, and saxophonist Mark Turner. For ¨The Choice¨ his second recording, Barber reunites with Turner and Grenadier, and is joined by saxophonist Seamus Blake, drummer Ari Hoenig and acoustic bassist Joahnnes Weindenmueller. Barber is an active performer. He has participated in differents music festivals and has given concerts throughout Europe.
He is currently working on a third recording, to be released in in 2012. "…Diego Barber [is] a portent of things to come, and the beginnings of a bright career from one who has all the potential to be a truly original voice in modern music." Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide "Barber approaches the guitar with precision and fluidity - and with great sensitivity....He's adept at coaxing melodies embedded with an air of mystery and mischief." -- Jazz Times