“Mr. Jara rocked the joint…”
“Jara is a wonderful player, exhibiting glorious sound and flawless technique.”
“Jara’s emotion and artistry shone in even his first moments on stage.”
The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is pleased to bring back GFA Winner Xavier Jara, who we featured in 2018 with our presentation of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition Winner’s Tour. Since his first concert with us, Xavier has gone on to earn his Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has taken on a teaching position at California State University Fullerton with alongside fellow GFA Winner Martha Masters. Xavier gave an absolutely incredible performance for us back in 2018, and is perhaps our most requested returning artist. We can’t wait to have him back on our stage!
Works by Takemitsu, Ponce, Gubaidulina, and Dowland. Please share our event on Facebook and invite your friends!
3/19/22: Xavier Jara will be teaching a masterclass in the afternoon of Saturday, March 19 at 1:30 pm in the West Room of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Mr. Jara has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Xavier and have him critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.
American classical guitarist Xavier Jara (1993) is the 1st prize winner of the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition. A native of Minnesota, he was a student of Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis until 2011 when he moved to Paris, France to study with Judicaël Perroy.
Xavier studied in Paris for six years with Perroy. During this time he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he also studied with French guitarist Olivier Chassain, and lute master Eric Bellocq. He received 1st place in a number of international competitions including the Viseu International Competition (2014), the Boston Guitarfest (2014), the Gargnano, Italy Competition (2015), the Ciudad de Coria Competition (2015), and the Tokyo International Competition (2016). In 2016, Xavier returned home to the United States to win the GFA’s prestigious Rose Augustine Grand Prize.
His 2017-2018 concert tour began in September 2017. He performed more than 50 concerts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala & Panama, including a concert at Carnegie Hall (April 5, 2018).
In May 2020, Xavier earned his Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He continues to perform around the world and maintains a vibrant studio as Adjunct Professor of Guitar at California State University Fullerton (Fullerton, CA). In 2022, he will join the United States Guitar Orchestra as a soloist.
Xavier is sponsored by Augustine Strings and plays a guitar by Enrico Bottelli.