Artist of the day: Luis Rosado-Bermudez
Classical guitarist Luis Rosado-Bermudez's role models are Isaac Albéniz, who started on the piano; Pepe Romero, who aims to reach the common man; and Jose Feliciano, who started on a $10 guitar his father got him.
Luis can relate.
His mother is a college student, studying to be a chemistry teacher. His stepfather is a self-employed handyman. They have three more children at home.
Luis replaced his pawn shop guitar with one borrowed from Blake High School. He carries it with him on his hour-and-a-half bus ride to the school, uses it for three guitar classes daily and then plays it at home from 7 to 9 p.m.
About two months ago, he ranked in the top 4 percent of competitors at the National YoungArts Foundation. Some of his competition fees are covered by the school’s guitar department fund, money students raise through concerts, like the one Luis recently performed in. This year, Luis’ costs tally $350. His grandparents in Puerto Rico sent him some money to pay back the school.
It’s a temporary sacrifice, Luis feels certain. After college, he plans to tour the world performing. But when he graduates this year, he won’t have a guitar of his own.
To find out how to help donate to give Luis a guitar, click here for Elisabeth Parker's story.
Photo: Skip O'Rourke, tbt*