Classical Guitar Magazine
The Washington Post
Recognized internationally for his work, Javier Farías has been awarded First Prize in the Andrés Segovia Composition Competition, International Composing Competition «2 Agosto,» and Michele Pittaluga Composition Competition for Classical Guitar. Farías was honored with the 2014 Fromm Music Foundation Prize at Harvard University for a concerto for two guitars composed for Sérgio and Odair Assad and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas. His catalogue consists of works ranging from solo guitar to full guitar ensemble to others featuring or incorporating the guitar into compositions for chamber ensembles, choral music, and orchestral settings, including five guitar concertos.
Praised by The Washington Post as playing with "marvelous virtuosity," Alturas Duo is guitarist Scott Hill and Carlos Boltes on viola and charango (a small, ten-string Andean guitar). Bringing together the worlds of South American folk, western classical, and contemporary music, the duo is one of the most engaging chamber ensembles today. Alturas Duo has recorded for Brioso, Con Brio, Ravello Records, and Naxos.
In this upcoming recording project
with the Alturas Duo and Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Chilean composer Javier Farías pays homage to two iconic figures of Latin American culture:
Chilean singer-songwriter Victor Jara, a pivotal contributor to the Nueva Canción Chilena—New Chilean Song—movement who was tortured and killed under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, and the internationally celebrated surrealist Peruvian poet Blanca Varela.
Two major pieces will be recorded. El Vuelo de tu Alma, the piece focused on Victor Jara, was originally composed for charango and classical guitar, and for Alturas Duo. In 2018, Farías extensively rewrote it to include string quartet. The second work is being composed as part of an ongoing effort to expand the concert repertoire for the charango. It is to be a five-movement suite written for charango, guitar, and string quartet and based on Blanca Varela’s collection of poems, Canto Villano.
Comprised of Saúl, Arón, and Álvaro Bitrán, and Javier Montiel, Cuarteto Latinoamericano has been the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet for almost forty years. The Cuarteto has been recognized with the Mexican Music Critics Association Award, received Chamber Music America/ASCAP’s “Most Adventurous Programming” Award three times, and has twice won the Latin Grammy for Classical music: in 2012 for Brasileiro, works of Francisco Mignone, and in 2016 for El Hilo Invisible.