- Thomas F. Heck
(b Santiago de Cuba, Dec 16, 1952). American guitarist of Cuban birth. He studied at the Esteban Salas Conservatory in Satiago de Cuba and with Aaron Shearer at the Peabody Conservatory. He won first prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in 1974, and that year made his début at Carnegie Hall. In 1986 he gave the first American performance of Takemitsu's concerto To the Edge of Dream with the Tulse PO under Bernard Rubenstein. He was also soloist in the world première of Takemitsu's Spectral Canticle, a double concerto for guitar, violin and orchestra, with violinist Franz Peter Zimmerman at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Kiel, in 1995. Barrueco has made several recordings, notably of Albéniz and Granados, and has arranged works for the guitar including transcriptions of J.S. Bach's Three Violin Sonatas. He helped establish the guitar department at the Manhattan School of Music, and also teaches at the Peabody Conservatory....