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José Antonio Escobar

José Antonio Escobar (Santiago de Chile, b.1973) is one of today’s most influential guitarists enjoying a truly international career. He studied first in Chile and then continued his studies in Germany. Under the influence of his first teacher, the lute player Ernesto Quezada, he became deeply interested in original ancient instruments from the guitar family. This motivated Escobar to round out his studies by attending Early Music courses with renowned specialists such as Hopkinson Smith and Eduardo Egüez.

After winning more than 15 prizes at guitar competitions Escobar has toured over 30 countries worldwide. He has also been invited to perform at major concert halls such as St John’s Smith Square and the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall (London) and Carnegie Hall (New York).

Escobar has completed several recordings under the Naxos label receiving impressive reviews from specialized media. With this company he has projected to record the whole works for solo vihuela composed by the most renowed vihuelists from Spanish Renaissance like Milán, Narváez and Mudarra. In 2015 he released the first recording of the complete works by Luys Milán.

Escobar is currently residing in Barcelona, Spain.

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