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José Antonio Escobar was born in 1973 in Santiago, Chile. After graduating with honours from the Conservatory of Music, University of Chile, Escobar continued his studies with Franz Halász at the Hochschule für Musik in Augsburg, Germany. Through the influence of his first teacher, the lutenist Ernesto Quezada, he became interested in early instruments of the guitar family, such as the lute and vihuela, and he subsequently attended early music courses and masterclasses with renowned specialists such as Hopkinson Smith and Eduardo Egüez. He combines his interest in early music with the contemporary, paying particular attention to Latin American and Spanish composers.

He has been awarded numerous prizes in leading international guitar competitions, including First Prize and the Special Audience Prize at the Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Competition in Benicàssim, Spain. He has performed internationally in venues such Carnegie Hall, New York, the Royal Festival Hall, London, the Musikverein, Vienna, and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow, in addition to making several successful recordings. Escobar plays with Savarez strings.

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