The final concert in the 2012-13 Great Artist Series will feature world- renowned Spanish classical guitarist Rafael Aguirre. An international artist with presence in over seventeen countries, Spanish guitarist Rafael Aguirre has won first prizes in twelve of the most competitive international guitar competitions (a record in Spain). In 2006 he became the first guitarist to win the contest "Schmolz & Bickenbach" for all instruments, and most recently was awarded Second Prize in the prestigious 2012 Parkening International Guitar Competition. Mr. Aguirre has appeared at Carnegie Hall (NY), Tchaikovsky Hall (Russia), Palau de la Música (Valencia) and the Tonhalle (Düsseldorf), and performed with the Baden Philharmonic, Malga Philharmonic, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Extremadura's Philarmonic and the Syrian National Orchestra. Mr. Aguirre has released two CD's, for Spanish Radio and Television (RTVE) and the Naxos label, which was included in the selection list for the Latin GRAMMY'S ® "Best Classical Album." This is his St. Louis debut.