Composer and guitarist Javier Farias has been recipient of the New Music USA award, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Award, Chilean Council of Culture and the Arts, and the Fromm Music Foundation Commission from Harvard University.
His catalogue as a composer includes more than eighty compositions, emphasizing his numerous works for solo guitar, as well as duos, quartets and ensembles for guitar. He has also written numerous works for orchestra, jazz ensemble, mixed choir, bandoneon, flamenco guitar, electric guitar, charango and other instruments.
Farias’ music has been premiered in Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Instituto Cervantes in New York, Kennedy Center, Tsuda Hall in Japan, George Mason Center for the Arts, Salle Cortot in Paris, Ateneo de Madrid, Meistersaal in Berlin, and MATCH-Houston among other big venues.
Some of his works have won first place in some of the world’s leading composition competitions including; the Andrés Segovia (Spain) in 2005 for his work Retorna, and the Michele Pittaluga (Italy) in 2004 for his Sonata for Guitar. In 2008 his work for symphonic orchestra Canta la Tierra won the first place at the XIV Concorso 2 de Agosto in Bologna, Italy.
Farías’ music has been performed by; L’ Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Aspekte New Music Ensemble of Salzburg, VOCE Choir, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Apollo Chamber Players, Orquesta Sinfónica “Simón Bolivar” del Táchira, San Francisco Conservatory Guitar Ensemble, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Ensemble Forestare, Alturas Duo, bandoneonist of Astor Piazzolla’s sextet Daniel Binelli, the guitarist of the mega selling rock band The Police: Andy Summers, jazz fusion guitarist Mike Stern, and classical guitarists; Eliot Fisk, Ben Verdery, Ricardo Cobo, Emanuele Segre, José Antonio Escobar, Carlos Perez, Joaquín Clerch Díaz, Roberto Limon, Marcelo de la Puebla, Piraí Vaca, and Orellana & Orlandini duo among many others.
In 2006, Farías founded the Chilean Guitar Ensemble; a group that brings together the most outstanding performers of the Chilean guitar scene, premiering some of the most important compositions that he wrote while he was its musical and artistic director: Arauco: por fuerte, principal y poderosa, and ¡Arma!, ¡Enfrena!, ¡Aína!. In its 10 years of existence, there have been more than 60 guitarists who have participated in this project, premiering more than 20 works that composers from Chile, Argentina, France, Taiwan, Greece and Puerto Rico have specially written for them.
He served as professor of composition at Modern School of Music and Dance Institute, in Chile, from 2002 to 2012. In August of 2012 he moved to Washington DC and began a Residence as a Composer at The Catholic University of America, in its Latin American Music Center.
His music for guitar has been published by Berben (Italy), E.M.E.C. (Spain), Doberman-Yppan, and Les Productions d’OZ (Canada).
He is the 2017 Composer-in-Residence with the YOA Orchestra of the Americas. As part of this Residence, his work Elogio de la Raza will be premiered by the eminent guitar duo, The Assad Brothers at the Sala Sao Paulo, in Brazil. Other current projects include a new guitar quartet for Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet –to be premiered and recorded in Brazil by the prestigious GuitarCoop– and a new work for guitar and orchestra to be premiered by Jose Antonio Escobar and the Chilean Chamber Orchestra next October in Santiago, Chile.