Dr. Hector Javier Rodriguez Santos enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, having given performances and masterclasses in Puerto Rico, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, and Mexico, as well as in the United States.
Dr. Rodriguez has acquired prizes in the following events: first-place winner in the University of Texas-Pan American Guitar Competition (2009), second-place winner in the Houston Guitar Competition (2010), The Leo Brouwer Prize at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra del Noreste in Saltillo, Mexico (2014). Second Prize Winner at the Dallas International Guitar Competition (2018) and the Ocelotl Award by Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila (2010) for Best Artistic Project.
Additionally, Dr. Rodriguez has premiered new works by Julio Cesar Oliva. Simone Ianarelli, Guillermo Diego, and Cutberto Cordova.
As an arranger, he has arranged music for solo guitar, chamber ensembles, and guitar ensembles. His arrangements are published by Bergmann Editions and ALRY Music.
In 2021 he produced and released "Colores Latinos," which highlights contemporary music for flute and guitar, including compositions dedicated to Duo Aldebaran.
Dr. Rodriguez joined the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley faculty in the fall of 2014, serving as Director of the Guitar Ensemble and as Lecturer of Applied Guitar. Before his appointment at UTRGV, Dr. Rodriguez taught at Escuela Preparatoria (Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico) and South Texas College.
Dr. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the Escuela Superior de Música Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila, México), where his primary teacher was Martín Madrigal; a Master of Music from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico where he studied guitar with Ivan Rijos and Manuel Barrueco; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a secondary emphasis in early music from the University of North Texas, where he studied guitar with Thomas Johnson, and where he studied theorbo and early instruments with Daniel Swenberg and Arash Noori.
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