“Strings of Desire: Zaira Meneses, The Temptress of Classical Guitar”
At Zaira Meneses, we embark on a harmonious journey dedicated to empowering women to achieve their goals. Rooted in the values of equality, independence, awareness, and empowerment, we believe in fostering an environment that resonates with freedom, trust, love, and positivity. As a classical guitarist, Zaira Meneses not only weaves intricate melodies through her strings but also threads a tapestry of empowerment, inviting women to embrace their unique voices and pursue their aspirations fearlessly. With a commitment to equality and an unwavering belief in the strength of independence, our mission is to spread awareness, empower hearts, and create a space where every note played reflects the spirit of freedom and love. Trust us to be your companions on this empowering musical journey, where the chords of positivity resonate with the melody of your dreams.
Zaira Meneses, Mexican classical guitarist has been highly acclaimed by the international media. Of her work, The New York Times wrote, [she is] “an arresting performer full of colorful touches.” The Providence Journal referred to her as the “Mexican classical dynamo” and The Boston Globe called her [an] “eminent classical guitarist.”
Meneses has performed “Elegiaco Concerto ” under the baton of world famous Cuban composer, guitarist and conductor, Leo Brouwer . In 2019, Meneses was subsequently selected to perform Brouwer’s documentary film, “El Origen de la Sombra,” which was shot in Havana, Cuba. Brouwer composed and dedicated “6 preludes’ ‘ dedicated to Zaira Meneses. The music was supported by Augustine Foundation and Robert E. Davoli and Eileen L. McDonagh Charitable Foundation. Meneses sold out an independently produced album titled Latina, she was signed to a recording deal with Centaur Records, a 45 minute program of the music of J.S.Bach, using Meneses’s own arrangements.
Meneses became the first Mexican female ambassador of the Son Jarocho dancer, singer, Jarana and requinto player in Boston. She obtained her Master Degree at New England Conservatory of Music in 2009 as a Performance Major in Classical Guitar. Since moving to the USA in 2001, Meneses has built a stellar reputation for her warm sound, limpid technique, and superb natural musicality, performing in many of the great concert halls of the world, including Boston’s Jordan Hall, New York City’s Alice Tully Hall, 92nd St. YHMA and Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Pick – Staiger Auditorium and in Salzburg’s Wiener Saal.
Zaira Meneses is the Founder and President of non-profit organization, Eliot Fisk Guitar Academy (EFGA) Director and Founder of Boston’s Latin American Music Festival as well as Co-Director of The Boston Guitar Festival for the past eighteen years.
She continues performing guitar concertos with various orchestras, presenting solo recitals and performing chamber music while at the same time, managing the various events of EFGA.