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Javier Somoza - Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival 2018

Dec 15, 2018
06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ho Chi Minh Sarani Kankaria Estates,Park Street area
Kolkata,India

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Javier Somoza taught himself to play the classical guitar when he was a boy. With time his interest and technique grew, and he was accepted in Spain's most prestigious Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in 2000 where he studied under Professor Jose Luis Rodrigo.

In the same period received classes from Gerardo Arriaga (in several disciplines: Performance Practices, Musicology and Basso Continuo) Ramón Paus (jazz guitar and composition) and Jose Miguel Moreno (Renaissance and Baroque plucked string instruments). 
Other important teachers for his development as a musician have been Jesús Burguera (pianist and orchestra director) and masterclasses with Pavel Steidl, Pablo Marquez and David Russell. Javeier recently finished his Master Degree in Musicology with Dc. Gerardo Arriaga as his guide in the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. His thesis and research was on Frank Martin’s Guitar and Chamber Music.

Javier Somoza has obtained numerous international awards in guitar competitions, including several first prices in important festivals like the IX Internacional Guitar Competition “Guitarras Admira” organized by AIREAN (Guitar Society of the Basque Country) (Zarautz, Spain, 2000),  XXXI Concorso Internazionale “Fernando Sor” di Roma (Rome, Italy, 2002), III Internacional Guitar Competition “Luys Milán” (Valencia, Spain, 2004), XXV Concorso Internazionale di chitarra “Mauro Giuliani” (Bari, Italy, 2004), II Concorso Internazionale “Agustín Barrios” di Sardignia (Nuoro, Italy, 2005), etc.

These days, Javier Somoza holds an intense activity as a soloist (playing in important auditoriums like Moscow International House of Music, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Daejeon Culture & Arts Center, etc.) with orchestra (Spanish National Orchestra, The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra in Russia, etc.) and taking part of different Chamber Music projects with Daekun Jang (guitar), Manuel Guillén (violin) and Mariví Blasco (soprano).

Since 2008, Javier Somoza is Guitar Professor in the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música of Madrid and holds many other teaching activities: master classes, seminaries and conferences that offers in Spain and many other countries in Europe and Asia like: Kunst Universität of Graz (Austria), Sevilla International Guitar Féstival and Competiton (Spain), Academia di Spagna in Roma (Italy), Korea International Guitar Festival & Competition in Seoul Daejeon and International Guitar Competition (South Korea), Curso Silva Monteiro  de Porto (Portugal), Leon Tolstoy Festival “Garden of the Geniuses” of Yasnaya Polyana (Russia) an many others.

Javier Somoza is Honorary Member of the prestigious “Segovia Guitar Academy” of Pordenone (Italy) and member of the Editorial Council of Roseta, the Spanish Musicological Review, edited by the SEG (Spanish Guitar Society). He has recorded for RNE (Spanish National Radio) and collaborates as a performer with the Spanish National Orchestra.

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