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.” In 2017, at the University of Arizona, he won the "36th Annual Memorial Guitar Competitio: N. D. Sholin." In addition, in the same year, he won a "Stephan Connor" guitar, the grand prize in the "15th Annual Beeston Memorial Guitar Competition" at the University of Arizona.
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