José Antonio Escobar was born in 1973 in Santiago de Chile, where he graduated with top honors after studying at the University of Chile Conservatory of Music. He continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Augsburg, Germany, with Prof. Franz Halasz. Under the influence of his first teacher, the lutenist Ernesto Quezada, he became deeply interested in original ancient instruments from the guitar family. This motivated him to round out his studies by attending early music courses and master classes with renowned specialists such as Hopkinson Smith, Eduardo Egüez, and Juan Carlos Rivera.
While he is greatly interested in ancient music, he has always felt at home when performing contemporary music. This has led him to commission, premiere and record works by renowned composers such as Angelo Gilardino, Clarice Assad, Javier Farías, Christian Vásquez and Javier Contreras. He has also devoted some time to studying and performing music with popular and folk influences from Latin America, which has led him to work in several projects, both as a soloist and as a member of the ‘Dúo Sudamericano’, along with the outstanding Chilean composer and guitarist Javier Contreras
Throughout a period encompassing almost 10 years, he obtained more than fifteen prizes in the most prestigious International Guitar Competitions today, such as Francisco Tárrega (Spain), Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brazil), Alirio Díaz (Venezuela), Forum Guitar Wien (Austria), Viña del Mar (Chile), Stotsenberg (USA), Alessandria (Italy), Alhambra (Spain), Guitar Foundation of America (USA), Julián Arcas (Spain), and Karl Scheit (Austria).
Both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, he has toured over 30 countries, covering almost all of Europe and the Americas, as well as some North African countries, the Near East, Asia and Oceania. He has been invited to perform as a soloist with distinguished orchestras, including the Israel Camerata (Jerusalem), Orquesta de Extremadura (Spain), Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino (Italy), St. Michel Strings (Finland), State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” (Moscow), Hofer Symphoniker (Germany), Chile Symphony Orchestra, Chile Chamber Orchestra, and Concepción Symphony Orchestra.
He has also been invited to major concert halls such as the Brahms-Saal at the Musikverein (Vienna), St John’s Smith Square and Royal Festival Hall (London), Carnegie Hall (New York), Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), Sala Cecilia Meireles (Rio de Janeiro), Teatro Monumental (Madrid), Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas), Sala Luis Ángel Arango (Bogotá), and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow).
He has completed several recordings under the Naxos label, receiving impressive reviews from specialized media. He has also worked on several independent recordings both as an artist and a producer. He is currently living in Barcelona, and he is constantly invited not only to perform at recitals but also to share his expertise in master classes and lectures at major music festivals, courses, seminars and workshops in prestigious universities around the world.
José Antonio Escobar is an artist of Fanjul & Ward.
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THEY’VE SAID ABOUT HIM
“I cannot and should not miss the opportunity to speak in favor of one of the most remarkable musicians devoting their talent to the guitar. His name is José Antonio Escobar…” (Angelo Gilardino, “Suonare”, Italy, 2012)
“Guitar aficionados need to hear Escobar’s absolutely stunning playing.” (Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International, 2008)
“The mastery, intelligence and sound of José Antonio Escobar on such a diverse repertoire undoubtedly position him among the outstanding guitarists of our time.“ (“Le Cahiers de la Guitare”, Paris, 2002)
“Finally, José Antonio Escobar gave us Villa-Lobos’ 12 Etudes, demonstrating that he is one of the finest young players to have emerged from South America in recent years” (Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion, London, May 2007).
“Escobar is an expressive, mature artist who has transcended the nitty-gritty of technique and gets to the essence of the music.” (Jeffrey Rossman, Classical Voice of North Carolina, 2008).
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