Argentine guitarist Roberto Aussel was scarcely in grade school when he took up tutelage under renowned classical guitarist Jorge Martinez Zarate. His promise was immediately evident.

While still a youngster he won first prize in a variety of international competitions. His performances in Brazil’s Radio France International Guitar Competition, Venezuela’s Alirio Diaz Competition were notable and he won 1999’s Konex de Platino prize in Argentina.

His talent inspired Astor Piazolla to pen his first-ever composition for guitar. In time, Marius Constant, Francis Schwartz and Jose Luis Campana followed suit with compositions for Aussel.

In mid February, this international superstar will fascinate Mobilians as a guest of the Mobile Chamber Music Society. Two events are planned. One is a free, intimate affair at Satori Coffee (5460 Old Shell Road) on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Word has it Aussel will perform some of the Piazolla piece. Space is very limited so call 251-344-4575 for info on capacity and seating.

The larger event is Aussel’s concert at USA’s Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. The program for the afternoon includes works by Tedesco, Rodrigo, Domeniconi and homages to Bela Bartok and Django Reinhardt among others.

Tickets are $20, $10 for students. Cash or check only please.
For more info, call 251-476-8794 or go to