(Nov. 28, 2023, 8:30pm. Library of Catalonia)
José Antonio Escobar he has been awarded numerous prizes in the main international guitar competitions, such as the First Prize and the Special Public Prize at the Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Competition in Benicàssim, Spain. He has performed internationally in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, as well as having made several successful recordings.
José Antonio Escobar was born in Santiago de Chile. After graduating with honors from the Conservatory of Music of the University of Chile, Escobar continued his studies with Franz Halász at the Hochschule für Musik in Augsburg, Germany. Through the influence of his first teacher, the lute player Ernesto Quezada, he became interested in the first instruments of the guitar family, such as the lute and the vihuela, and later attended early music courses and master classes with renowned specialists such as Hopkinson Smith and Eduardo Egüez. He combines his interest in ancient and contemporary music, paying special attention to Latin American and Spanish composers.
Escobar is also a professor at IMUC Universidad Católica de Chile and plays con cuerdas Savarez.