Went to the recording of this programme yesterday that I thoroughly enjoyed, especially the latter part (there was a pre-recorded bit in the beginning). I would think it would make for good listening Sunday night, 10pm, Radio 3: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019pp8b
I have just seen the entry in an old-fashioned listings magazine for this programme:- "This year's World Routes Academy protégé, 19-year-old virtuoso accordionist José Hernando Noguera , in a studio session with his own band". Surely you cannot be a virtuoso at the age of 19? You could be a wunderkind, a prodigious talent or a precocious youth but a virtuoso? The only virtuosi instrumentalists I can think of in my neck of the woods are slightly longer in the tooth: Ross Daly and Erkan Oğur.
I'm inclined to agree with you. I don't think I would consider using the word in relation to folk music either, as a general rule. The style of the playing of the previous winners is definitely in line with the more classical tradition (on the sitar-like veena and oud) that I associate with 'virtuosos'. But vallenato is well anchored within the folk genre. José Hernando Noguera was fresh-faced (he is still a teenager) and beaming from happiness. Self-taught, he is evidently hugely talented, and he gave a performance that was charged with emotion.