Rafael Aguirre is one of the most sought-after guitarists at an international level, having received 13 top First Prizes for his instrument, such as in the Tárrega Competition, and also obtaining relevant awards in all instrumental categories, such as the New York Pro Musicis. He was named Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London (ARAM), in recognition of his international career. He has performed in 43 countries.
In the 2022/23 season, he will tour the United States, where he will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Boston Celebrity Series, in Miami and Tucson with celebrated soprano Fatma Said and will make his debuts with China NCPA Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Symphony of the Americas or Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, among others. He will return with the Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta de Castilla y León and he will premiere the guitar concerto by Joan Valent with the Orquestra de les Illes Ballears.
He has previously performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Verbier Festival, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich, Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, King's Place in London, Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Seoul Arts Center, as well as in many of the leading venues in Spain, such as the Teatro Real, Auditorio Nacional, Palacio Euskalduna, Auditorio de Zaragoza Auditorium, Palau de la Música Catalana and Valencia , etc.With a solid classical training, the result of the inheritance of the tradition of Andrés Segovia and Narciso Yepes, Rafael Aguirre has multiple musical interests beyond recitals and performances with orchestra, performing with an ensemble of musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic, the pianist Lang Lang, the sopranos Fatma Said and Hera Hyesang Park, regularly with the cellist Nadège Rochat and many others. He is also committed to expanding the repertoire of his instrument, working with multiple living composers and also including in his performances flamenco, Latin American and Spanish popular music and even reaching pop and film music. With a repertoire of more than 30 concerts for guitar and orchestra, he has performed under the batons of Jesús López Cobos, Ludovic Morlot, Lorenzo Viotti, Alondra de la Parra, Karina Canellakis, José Serebrier, Roberto González Monjas, Manuel Hernandez Silva, François López-Ferrer, Clemens Schuldt, Domingo Hindoyán, Guillermo García Calvo, Pablo Mielgo, Pavel Baleff, Clark Rundell, Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Álvaro Albiach, Yoel Levi and Gabriel Bebeselea, among many others. He also performs with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Kyushu Symphony orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic, Sinfónica del Estado de Sao Paulo (OSESP), Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orchestre Royal Philharmonique de Liège, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn, Ulster Orchestra, Billings Symphony (EE.UU), Baden-Baden Philharmonie, Thüringen Philharmonie, Pforzheim Kammerorchester, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Moscow New Russia , Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Serbian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de l´Opéra de Toulon, Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, Franz Schubert Philharmonia, Orquesta de Extremadura, among others. He released his first album with a recital published by RTVE Música, which was followed by two more recitals for Naxos. With the German label KSGExaudio he released “Transcriptions”, with a program featuring music by Bach, Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel and Gershwin transcribed for guitar from original piano works. His assiduous collaboration with cellist Nadège Rochat gave rise to “La Vida Breve” published by Ars Produktion. Two other projects introduced him to Brazilian music (together with Anette Maiburg's ensemble for the German label MDG) and fado (together with singer Filipa Tavares). His made the world premiere recording of "Fulgores" by Lorenzo Palomo together with the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, the violinist Ana Valderrama and Maestro Jesús López Cobos, for the Naxos label. He recently recorded with soprano Fatma Said for Warner Classics. As a result of this recording work, he has been pre-nominated for a Latin Grammy and has received enthusiastic reviews from Gramophone, The Strad and Crescendo Magazines, as well as appearing on international radio programs such as the BBC, NPR, CBS, Radio Stephansdom of Vienna, Radio Berlin Brandenburg, HR Hessische Rundfunk, Bayerische Rundfunk, NDR, MDR, Radio Nacional de España and Toronto's The New Classical FM. At the age of 16 he made his orchestral debut with the Málaga Youth Orchestra on a tour in Spain and Morocco. He received a scholarship from the Junta de Andalucía and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn to study in Germany with Professor Joaquín Clerch at the Hochschule Robert Schumann in Düsseldorf, where he graduated with honors. He later studied with Professor Michael Lewin at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He currently resides in Madrid.