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In 1993, at the age of 20, he became the youngest winner of one of the most prestigious international guitar competitions “Jacinto e Inocencio Guerrero”, in Madrid, Spain. After listening to Azabagic, the 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, Azabagić won twenty-four prizes in international competitions, of which eleven were first prizes. He has written a book published by Mel Bay, On Competitions, based on his experience during these years.
Azabagić has recorded seven CDs for international labels such as Naxos, Cedille, Opera Tres and Orobroy as well as two DVDs for Mel Bay.
As a guest instrumentalist and soloist Azabagić has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, among others.
He is a regular guest 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, United States, Omni Foundation, USA, Ravinia Festival, USA, National Chang Kai Shek Cultural Center, Taiwan, and the National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China.
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