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FULL BIOGRAPHY

Andrés Madariaga Corvalán, born in Santiago de Chile, is the recipient of over 30 prizes in major national and international guitar competitions in Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Thailand. Among them are first prizes in the Vital-Medeiros Competition (Brazil, 2009), in the A.Montovani Competition (Italy, 2018), in the Asia Guitar Competition (Thailand, 2017), and in the Amarante international Guitar Competition (Portugal, 2018).

 

Recently, Andrés won a second place in the 2021 Miami International GuitART Competition (USA) and second place in the 2021 “Rising Star Competition” at the Guitar Festival University in Rhode Island (USA). Andrés also has also performed as soloist in Chile and internationally at various venues in Amarante, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Bad Kissingen, Bangkok, México City, Morelia, Milan, São Paulo, and Salzburg.

 

He received his Bachelor of Guitar Performance from the Austral University of Chile in 2011 and his Master of Arts from the Mozarteum University in 2016, where he studied with Marco Tamayo. In addition to his university studies, Andrés developed his knowledge and skills with the guidance of renowned guitarists such as Leo Brouwer, Ricardo Gallén, Hubert Käppel, Joaquín Clerch, and Eliot Fisk, as well as with professional Lute players Eduardo Egüez and Hopkinson Smith. While in Salzburg, Andrés also studied chamber music with harpist Stephen Fitzpatrick (Staatskapelle Berlin).

 

A passionate pedagogue, Andrés was a professor at the Austral University of Chile from 2011-2012 and gave masterclasses both in Chile, as well as in Mexico, Italy, and Thailand. Andrés is dedicated to making guitar music accessible to schoolchildren in remote and poor areas in Chile through educational concerts. Between 2012 and 2018, he performed over 120 such concerts for underprivileged children throughout southern Chile.

 

Andrés has received several scholarships, including the cultural council scholarship, the “Becas Chile” (Conicyt) scholarship sponsored by the Chilean government, and the “Fundación Guitarra Viva Ernesto Quezada” scholarship, which provided him with the funds to produce his first CD recording. In November 2021, Andrés released his second album with harpist Maria-Theresa Freibott. His third album with solo guitar music is scheduled to be released in March 2022.

PRIZES

1st Place

“Southern Guitar Festival and Competition” - USA (2020)

“Amarante Guitar Competition” Portugal (2018)

“Competition A. Montovani” Follonica, Italy (2018)

“Asian Guitar Festival and Competition” - Bangkok, Thailand (2017)

“Carlos Pimentel” - Chile (2011)

“María Luisa Anido” - Buenos Aires, Argentina (2010)

“Cochabamba” - Bolivia (2010)

“Vital- Medeiros” - São Paulo, Brazil  (2009) + the Audience Prize

“Concurso Liliana Pérez Corey” Chile (2007)

2nd Place

“Miami Guitart Competition”, USA (2021)

“Thailand Guitar Competition”, Bangkok Thailand (2017)

“Volos Guitar Competition”, Volos, Greece (2016)

“Norba Caesarina Concurso” Cáceres, Spain (2014)

3rd Place

“Klagenfurt Guitarfest” Klagenfurt, Austria (2019)

“Miguel Llobet”, Barcelona, Spain (2012-2017)

“Barrios Competition”, Nuoro, Italy (2012)

“Concurso Llerena”, Badajoz, Spain (2011)

SPECIAL AWARDS & GRANTS

2011 - Fondo de la Música | Culture Ministry of Chile

2014 - Becas Chile (Conicyt) | Education Ministry of Chile

2015-17 - “Live Music Now” Salzburg

2019 - Fondo de la Música | Culture Ministry of Chile