biography



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 Master of Music degree in Performance 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.”  And, in 2016, at the University of Arizona, he won the "Thirty Sixth Annual Memorial Guitar Competition: N. D. Sholin."

Discography:

-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 “Te Recuerdo Victor”, Ensamble América del Sol, 2016. Label: Independent.