Pete Swan Presents: Latin American Guitar Night

Pete Swan Presents: Latin American Guitar Night

($10-$15 Tickets | 7pm show) Classical guitarists Facundo Martínez, Andrés Pantoja and Ignacio Mondaca will perform a series of works by Latin American composers from different countries such as Argentina, Paraguay, Chile and Brazil. The evening will be full of instrumental music for solo guitar and duets with music of different rhythms and styles, as well as music full of melody and sensitivity

**Ignacio Mondaca (guitar) Andrés Pantoja (guitar) Facundo Martinez (guitar)**

**Ignacio Mondaca**, an accomplished guitarist hailing from Hermosillo, Mexico, has become a notable presence in the cultural scene. His debut at the Festival del Pitic in 2017 marked a milestone, featuring a captivating performance that showcased his mastery of classical guitar with compositions by renowned artists like J.S. Bach and Joaquin Rodrigo. Notably, Mondaca has also left his musical imprint on the Festival Kino, gracing stages in Tumacacori (AZ), Magdalena, Caborca, and Pitiquito, where he passionately advocated for the significance of music, arts, and culture in educational settings.

Mondaca’s journey is underscored by notable achievements, including three consecutive victories at the Annual David & Leonard Schaeffer Memorial guitar competition and receiving a new concert classical guitar at the William Wolfe Award Recital in 2015. His dedication led him to win a scholarship for a transformative experience at Domaine Forget in Canada, where he not only performed at prestigious venues but also honed his skills through private classes with maestros like Alvaro Pierri and Lorenzo Michelli. This trajectory, fueled by his unwavering passion for music, began when he started playing the guitar at 12 in his hometown of Hermosillo. Now pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Arizona, Ignacio Mondaca continues to make waves in the classical music realm, leaving an indelible mark on audiences and the musical landscape alike.

**Andrés Pantoja** was born in Chillán, Chile, in 1981. He started his guitar studies at the age of 13 with Professor Edith Vásquez, his mother. He completed his undergraduate studies in Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with Professor Oscar Ohlsen. After graduating with the highest honor award, he continued his studies under the guidance of Luis Orlandini. He is currently pursuing a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) in performance with Professor Thomas Patterson in The Bolton Guitar Studies Program at the University of Arizona in the United States. He has performed in the United States, Switzerland, France, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Uruguay and in the most important festivals in Chile. Moreover, he has been featured in TV programs, radio programs, and as a soloist along with ensembles as prestigious as the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Chile, and the University of Santiago de Chile Classical Orchestra, among others. He has premiered solo works and chamber music, in addition to the Concert for guitar and orchestra”…y truncaron tu canto…” by the Chilean composer Víctor Ortiz.

**Facundo Martinez** is a Master’s Student at the Bolton Guitar Studies program at the University of Arizona. He teaches many students and has studied extensively with masters of the instrument such as David Russell, Eduardo Isaac, Romilio Orellana, Daniel Wolf and Berta Rojas.