Chilean composer and guitarist Javier Farías has led a prominent musical career composing extensively for the guitar, having his music performed by some of the main exponents of this instrument including; Eliot Fisk, Ben Verdery, David Tanenbaum, Eduardo Isaac, Emanuele Segre, Ricardo Cobo, legendary rock guitarist of The Police, Andy Summers, and jazz fusion guitarist Mike Stern.
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. Some of his 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.
He is the recipient of many awards and grants from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, New Music USA, Maryland State Individual Award, and the Chilean National Endowment for the Arts among others. Some of his compositions have also won first place in some of the world’s leading composition competitions for the classical guitar including; the «Andrés Segovia» Competition in Spain, and the International «Michele Pittaluga» Composition Competition for Classical Guitar in Italy. In 2008 his work for symphonic orchestra Canta la Tierra won the first place at the XIV «2 Agosto» International Composing Competition.
His music has been premiered, performed and or recorded by; L’ Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Aspekte New Music Ensemble of Salzburg, VOCE Choir, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, Apollo Chamber Players, Camerata Argentina de Guitarras, 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, Andy Summers, Mike Stern, and classical guitarists; Eliot Fisk, Ben Verdery, David Tanenbaum, Ricardo Cobo, Emanuele Segre, José Antonio Escobar, Carlos Perez, Joaquín Clerch Díaz, Gabriel Bianco, Roberto Limon, Marcelo de la Puebla, Piraí Vaca, and Orellana & Orlandini Duo among many others.
In 2006, Farías founded the Ensamble de Guitarras de Chile, a group that brings together the most outstanding performers of the Chilean guitar scene. 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, United States, France, Taiwan, Greece and Puerto Rico have specially written for them.
Farias’ music has been hailed by the Classical Guitar Magazine as “top class”; “outstanding…bracing and evocative”, The Washington Post as “haunting, lyrical, and intense” and Gramophone as “excellent”.
He served as professor of composition at Escuela Moderna de Música y Danza, in Chile, from 2001 to 2012. In August of 2012 he moved to Washington DC and during 2013 he did 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 Residency, 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 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.