Zaira Meneses is among the most exciting performers on the international classical guitar circuit. Her musicality and charisma have delighted audiences on three continents in a wide variety of programs ranging from solo recitals to chamber music to highly acclaimed performances as a soloist with orchestra. Recent achievements include a special prize from Italy’s prestigious Academia Chigiana and the recording of several solo CDs available at her website, www.zairameneses.com. She has also aroused considerable interest through postings of live performances on YouTube. Zaira Meneses was born in Xalapa, Mexico. She showed great talent for music from an early age, studying both classical guitar and voice and appearing frequently in a wide variety of venues both as a guitarist and singer. She traveled widely, performing with the famed Orquesta de Guitarras founded by Maestro Alfonso Moreno. At the age of seventeen and as the youngest contestant, she won first prize in an important national concerto competition in the legendary guitar mecca of Paracho. This success led to performances of Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Concierto Madrigal for two guitars throughout Mexico.
Since moving to the USA in 2001, Meneses has built a stellar reputation for her warm sound, limpid technique, and superb natural musicality. She has performed in many of the great concert halls of the world including Boston’s Jordan Hall, New York City’s YMHA, Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center, and Salzburg’s Wiener Saal.
An unusual aspect of her work in chamber music has been collaboration with eminent pianists such as Jon Kimura Parker and Virginia Eskin, with whom she has often appears in lecture recitals. Meneses has served as artist in residence at prestigious universities throughout the United States and recently began a long term association with Syracuse University.
Zaira Meneses lives in Boston with her husband, internationally acclaimed guitarist Eliot Fisk, and their ten-year-old daughter, Raquel. She is director of community outreach and student affairs for the international festival Boston GuitarFest and artistic director of the new cross-disciplinary cultural initiative Guitar and Friends, for which she was awarded a special grant by the Albert Augustine Foundation. In both of these positions she continues to enliven the cultural life of the city of Boston through outreach activities in schools, churches, museums, and hospitals while maintaining a demanding touring schedule in the Americas and Europe.