In 1993, at the age of 20, Mr. Azabagic became the youngest winner of one of the most prestigious international guitar competitions, Jacinto e Inocencio Guerrero, in Madrid, Spain. After listening to him perform, distinguished Spanish composer, Anton Garcia Abril said: “I am sure that with time, he is going to be one of the greatest guitarists of the world.”
Between 1992 and 1999 he won twenty-four prizes in international competitions, of which eleven were first prizes. He has written a book, On Competitions, based on his experience during these years and it is published by Mel Bay. Azabagic has recorded nine CDs for international labels such as Naxos, Cedille, Opera Tres, Bridge records and Orobroy, as well as two DVDs for the Mel Bay Company. His recordings and live performances are highly praised by music critics, for his elegant approach to music and his unique way of communicating and reaching the audiences’ hearts.
As a guest instrumentalist and soloist Azabagic has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, Madrid Symphony, Traverse Symphony, Monterrey Symphony, and L’Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Mons, among others.
He has performed at such venues as Chicago’s Symphony Center, Masters of the Guitar at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Radio France in Paris, Aix en Provence Festival, France, El Palau de la Musica, Valencia-Spain, Savannah on Stage, USA, Omni Foundation, USA, Ravinia Festival, USA, National Chang Kai Shek Cultural Center, Taiwan, National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China. Azabagic’s performances have been broadcast live on the Radio (NPR, WFMT) and television in Asia, Europe and the United States.
His repertoire includes solo and orchestral music from the Baroque era to the present. An active member of the Cavatina Duo, their chamber music repertoire is vast, including many works written expressly for the duo.
Azabagic’s love for performing extends to sharing with others the knowledge of music making. He frequently offers master-classes while on tour and is the head of the guitar department at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Highlights of the 2012–2013 season include concerts with orchestra as well as recitals in Russia, Israel, India, USA and Europe. He will also release his new awaited solo CD as well as his Pedagogy project “Denis Azabagic Online School.”