M.A., Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst "Mozarteum," Salzburg, Austria
Born in Houston , Texas , Mr. Olondo began his musical studies with Rosa Puertas in Barcelona , Spain in 1977. In 1980 he moved to Havana , Cuba where he continued his studies in guitar at the Conservatory Manuel Saumell. At the age of 13, he debuted as a soloist in a special concert in Havana 's First International Guitar Festival. In 1988 he graduated top of his class from the Escuela Nacional de Musica and was the recipient of the Titulo de Oro (Golden Title Award).
Upon completion of his higher level studies in 1991 from Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, he moved to Europe where followed an intense schedule of concerts and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Hochscule Fur Musik and Darstellende Kunst Monzarteum, in Salzburg, Austria. There he studied under the tutelage of Eliot Fisk, Joaquin Clerch, and harpsichordist Anthony Spiri. In 1998 he obtained the title of Magister in Arts specializing in guitar. Among other teachers, he has been taught by Manuel Barrueco, David Rusell, Flavio Cucci, and Wolfgang Lendle.
His recordings in radio and television, along with his participation in important festivals and concerts throughout Europe, North, and South America date back to his younger years. In addition to various composers dedicating works to him, he has recorded three critically acclaimed albums. He is a recipient of the Key to the City of Kenner and has been named Honorary Citizen of the City of New Orleans. He is also a member of various established musical ensembles such as trio Sekwenza, Barcelona Nova Musica , and duo Cervantes. As well as working as a music professor at Tulane University , and Concordia University of New Orleans, and Cervantes Hispanic School for the arts, he spends time in the summer teaching at the Escola Professional de Musica Alois Haba in Barcelona , Spain . He also performs ongoing concerts in and out of the United Sates throughout the year.