José Antonio Escobar is among the most outstanding
Latin American guitarists of the new generation.


He was born in 1973 in Santiago de Chile and studied from an early age under Ernesto Quezada at the

School of Arts, University of Chile, graduating summa cum laude. He received a scholarship from the Chilean Government to continue his graduate studies at the Hochschule Für Musik in Augsburg, Germany. He has had master classes with Eliot Fisk and Hopkinson Smith.

He has won more than 16 international guitar awards, the first prizes among them being: Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Competition, Spain; Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition, USA; Julian Arcas International Guitar Competition, Spain; Heitor Villalobos International Guitar Competition, Brazil; Alirio Díaz International Guitar Competition, Venezuela and Cáceres International Guitar Competition, Spain.

He has toured Spain and the Canary Islands, as wellas Italy, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Finland, Norway, USA, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt, and Jordan.

He has performed in the Musikverein in Vienna, Raitt Recital Hall in Los Angeles, Monumental Theatre in
Madrid, Sala Teresa Carreño in Caracas, Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, and the Cairo Opera
House. His solo performances with orchestra include the Torino Symphony Orchestra, Mediterranean
Symphony Orchestra, Spain’s National Youth Symphony Orchestra, Oviedo Chamber Orchestra and
the Symphony Orchestra of Chile.

He made his debut recording under NAXOS and during the Joaquín Rodrigo Centennial Celebration he
recorded the composer’s Concierto de Aranjuez for an international live broadcast on Channel 2 of Spanish Television. In 2004 came out his second CD entitled Sonatas Iberoamericanas para Guitarra under the RTVE label .

Chilean composers such as Javier Farías, Juan A. Sánchez and Christian Vásquez have dedicated works to him. He has made live television recordings for UC and UCV Television of Chile.

He has taught the guitar and chamber music at the Hochschule Für Musik in Nuremberg – Augsburg,
Germany and Universidad Austral de Chile, as well as given master classes in Norway, Finland, Canary
Islands, Morocco, and Chile. He is currently Professor of the Guitar at the Music Conservatory of the
Universidad Mayor de Santiago, Chile.

Tuesday 14th March 2006

Programme

La Yuxtapuesta
Chiloética
Tonada por Despedida
Chacarera de Ramírez
JUAN ANTONIO SÁNCHEZ (1965) (for J. A. Escobar)
5 Anticuecas, VIOLETA PARRA (1917-1967)
Cristalino, HORACIO SALINAS (1951)

Tonada del Regreso
Tonada Nocturna
Tonada a mi Madre
JAVIER CONTRERAS (1983)
La Partida ( arr. J. A. Sánchez)
VICTOR JARA (1932-1973)
Sonata Homenaje a Violeta Parra *
Misterioso
Dulce
Rápido súbito
Final, JUAN ANTONIO SÁNCHEZ (for J. A. Escobar)

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