Texas-based guitarist and professor Sabine Madriguera passed away on February 22, 2012 after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.
Sabine was an integral part of the guitar world in both her Texan community and the international GFA network.
Born in Berlin, Germany, Sabine held a master’s degree from the Hochschule fuer Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin. She was the Director of Guitar Studies at Collin College in Plano, Texas. Sabine was a dedicated pedagogue, and her student ensembles were awarded first prizes in the competition at the UT Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition. A tireless advocate for guitar youth education, Sabine created the first Youth Division for the Texas Annual Guitar Competition at UT Dallas in 2010. She was also a member of the Advisory Board to the Allegro Guitar Society and was the first director of the Guitar Orchestra for Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra (CTYO).
In 1996, Duo Madriguera was formed together with her husband Enric. The duo enjoyed an active regional and international performance schedule and was featured at international festivals. They released their first CD on the Plano based Encore label. In 2009 the duo embarked on a four-city tour of Peru co-sponsored by Partners of the Americas and the U.S. Embassy. More recently, Sabine was a founding member of the Presti Quartet, the first all female guitar ensemble in the US.
Sabine previously served as a juror for the GFA International Concert Artist Competition and will be missed by GFA staff and members alike. A press release about her passing can be found on the Collin College website