Javier García Verdugo biography
1st prize on “International Guitar Competition of Havana” and “Melómano’s Golden Award” for his second solo album “Impresiones”
Javier has received lessons from the most of the greatest guitar masters nowadays, including names such as Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Hopkinson Smith, Carles Trepat, Roberto Aussel, Eduardo Fernandez, Gerardo Arriaga, Zoran Dukic, Carlo Marchione, José Miguel Moreno, and many others. In 2015, he finished the Musical Performance Higher Degree with honors at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, and he received the Special Degree Prize. During 2014 and 2015, he moved to Weimar, in Germany, to study at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt with Ricardo Gallén. Nowadays, he is studying a Master’s program in Music Performance at Mozarteum University in Salzburg, in Austria, with Eliot Fisk. He also received courses about ancient music, basso continuo and theorbo, and courses of blues, jazz, flamenco and modern improvisation, which make him a versatile guitarist.
After winning several awards in national and international guitar competitions, Javier is presented as one of the most promising figures on the current guitar scene. The Spanish Youth Musician Prize (2015), the First Prize in the Gredos of San Diego International Guitar Competition (2015) and the First Prize in the International Guitar Competition of Havana (2018) between others.
His latest solo album “Impresiones” has been awarded as “Disco Melómano de Oro” by the music magazine Melómano. In March 2015 he released his first solo album, “Desideratum”, which has been broadcasted by RNE, being well received by the specialized press. In January 2018 he recorded his third solo álbum which will soon be released.
Javier is a Mediaset Spain Group artist, for which he has been involved in several productions. Among his TV appearances include his two performances for the program “Musical Cities” of Telecinco, a tribute to guitarist Paco de Lucía for Castilla-La Mancha TV and a production for RTVE in collaboration with Sony.
His performances over the Spanish geography and several European countries were always very good received for the audience. As an orchestra soloist, he has performed with conductors such as Albert Gonzálvez Cardós, Antonio Navarro Borsi and Mariano Domingo. On chamber music, Javier sometimes plays with other musicians, including the Primo Tempo duo with the clarinetist Carlos Orobón and the duo with the soprano Natalia Labourdette.
Javier plays a guitar made by Paulino Bernabé, is sponsored by the Spanish Guitar Foundation and is represented by BIAM artists manager agency.