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Victor Marquez-Barrios

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Victor Márquez-Barrios


Victor Márquez-Barrios is a Venezuelan composer and guitarist.

Dr. Márquez-Barrios began his musical studies under the guidance of Prof. Gerardo Soto (classical guitar) at Maracaibo’s Music Conservatory. In 1998, he moved to Caracas to attend the University Institute of Musical Studies, where he worked under the wing of such masters as Prof. Luis Zea for classical guitar, Prof. Federico Ruiz for composition, and Prof. Gonzalo Mico for Jazz guitar, earning his Bachelor Degree in Music Composition in 2005.

As a guitarist, Márquez-Barrios has been part of numerous festivals and seminars, as well as workshops, conferences, and master classes with well known masters of international acclaim, such as: Alirio Diaz, Luis Zea, David Russell, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and Leo Brouwer.

As a composer, Márquez-Barrios holds an extended catalog of works that includes compositions for a variety of solo instruments, numerous chamber ensembles, mixed choir, electronics, symphonic band, and symphony orchestra. His music has been performed, published, and recorded by important soloists and ensembles from Latin America (Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, enCayapa Ensamble, Luis Julio Toro), the U.S. (H2 Quartet, Helix Collective, Alexander String Quartet), and Europe (Guitar Duo Montes-Kircher, Proxima Centauri). Works by Marquez-Barrios have also been performed at numerous international music festivals, such as the Latin American Music Festival (Caracas, Venezuela), XVII Festival of Contemporary Music of Havana (Cuba), 20eme Festival Internacional de la Clarinette (Martinique), Hollywood Fringe Festival 2012 (Los Angeles, USA), and the 2012 World Saxophone Congress (St. Andrews, Scotland), among others.

In 2016, Dr. Márquez-Barrios joined the composition faculty at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

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