Nestor Ausqui hails from the picturesque and historic city of Santa Fe, Argentina, and is the founder of The Santa Fe Guitar Quartet. With the Quartet, he has toured throughout South America and the United States performing their unique blend of tango, classical, and Latin American music. In addition, he has recently founded the Del Sur Guitar Quartet, featuring all virtuosi players performing to high acclaim at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Well received by critics, the Washington Post stated that as the group's director, Ausqui possesses "tremendous talent." Mr. Ausqui achieved enthusiastic international praise in the early 1970s by winning first prizes in numerous prestigious guitar competitions including the Heitor Villa Lobos prize in 1974. Mr. Ausqui has studied intensively with Abel Carlevaro and Guido Santorsola. Having earned a doctorate in music, he teaches classical guitar at the Conservatory of Music at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina.