Alí Arango is one of the most prominent guitarists of his generation. With virtuosity at the service of musicality and a balanced mixture of subtlety and expressive strength, he has conquered all kinds of audiences and jurors. Graduate of the Conservatory “Amadeo Roldán” (Havana. Cuba) in 2001 and the Conservatori of the Liceu of Barcelona in 2017 winning the extraordinary prize (among all the instruments.) In parallel he was a student of the teachers Antonio Alberto Rodríguez and Joaquín Clerch. He has received occasional classes from Leo Brouwer in addition to having participated in different projects with the teacher.

He has been the winner of 23 awards in international classical guitar competitions, among which are:

  • First prize and prize of the public at the LII International Contest of Classical Guitar “Francisco Tárrega” (Benicassim, Spain)
  • First prize at the XXXII International Contest of Classical Guitar “Andrés Segovia” (La Herradura, Spain)
  • First Prize, Alhambra Award for the New Spanish Creation and Public Prize in the XII International Guitar Contest “Alhambra” (Valencia. Spain)
  • First prize at the XIV International Havana Contest. (Cuba)
  • First prize in the contest of the Palau de la Música de Barcelona “El First Palau” (all instruments and formats) (Barcelona. Spain)
  • First prize in the “Düsseldorfer Gitarfestival” (Germany)
  • First prize in the XII International Guitar Contest of Barcelona “Miguel Llobet” (Spain)
  • First prize at the VII International Guitar Contest in Madrid.
  • First prize at the XXII International Meeting of Classical Guitar “Andrés Segovia” (Linares. Spain)
  • First prize at the VI International Guitar Meeting “Norba Caesarina” (Cáceres. Spain)
  • First prize in the XVII International Guitar Contest “Region El Condado” (Spain)

He has recorded two CDs for Naxos in the “Laureates Series”; The CD Tarrega and Mangoré Meet Chopin in Havana for Records and the Pyrophorus Guitar Duo Vol i with the JSM Guitar Records label.

In 2018 he made his debut in the USA at the Kennedy Center in Washington, in London at the Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival and in Japan.

He has made the World Premier of three works by Bruwer (commissioned by the author himself): “Cuban landscape with sadness” (guitar alone); “Gismontiana” (for four guitars and string orchestra) and series No. 1 of the “ritual and festive dances” (for guitar alone).

He has acted in important concert halls, such as: Palau de la Música Catalana, Palau de la Música de Valencia, Manuel de Falla Auditorium, National Theater of Cuba, Kennedy Center, among others. He offered concerts in several countries such as: Spain, Cuba, Germany, China, Mexico, Malta, Algeria, Italy, Ecuador, USA, Poland, Japan or UK.