Andrés Pantoja, from Chillán, Chile, started his guitar studies at the age of 13, with Edith Vásquez, his mother. He then continued his undergraduate studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with Professor Oscar Ohlsen.  After receiving his diploma in Guitar Performance, he studied for one year with Professor Luis Orlandini.  Currently, Pantoja is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the Bolton Guitar Studies Program at the University of Arizona, with Professor Thomas Patterson.

Andrés has performed in Switzerland, France, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Uruguay, as well as in the most important theatres and festivals in Chile.  He has also played in his home country with prominent orchestras, TV shows and radio programs.  In addition, he has premiered several solo guitar works, chamber music and the “Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra …Y truncaron tu canto” by Victor Ortiz. 

In 2005, Pantoja won Chile’s Sixth National Guitar Competition, “Liliana Pérez Corey.”  In 2017, at the University of Arizona, he won the "36th Annual Memorial Guitar Competitio: N. D. Sholin." In the same year, he won a "Stephan Connor" guitar, the grand prize in the "15th Annual Beeston Memorial Guitar Competition" and in 2019 he won the "David Russell Bach Prize," both at the University of Arizona. 


-CD “Winners of 5th National Guitar Competition Liliana Pérez Corey”, solo guitar, 2006. Label: Sello Escuela Moderna de Música, Chile.  
-CD "Mosaico", Cuarteto Latinoamericano De Guitarras, 2008. Label: Independent.
-CD “Conciertos del Bicentenario”, Ensemble Nuevo, live recording, 2010. Label: MV Classics, Germany.
-CD "Aksak Tacet Dúo, 20th Century Music for Guitar Duo”, 2011. Label: Independent.
-CD + Book “Guitarrerías, 10 monotemas para guitarra”, compositions by Guillermo Eisner, solo guitar, 2015. Label: Microtono Ediciones Musicales.
-CD “Estampa, 21th Century Chilean Guitar," 2018 Label: Independent.