Biography

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, and Mexico, as well as in the United States.   


As a soloist, Mr. Rodriguez’ career is highlighted by several events: he was first place winner in the University of Texas-Pan American Guitar Competition in 2009, and second place winner in the Houston Guitar Competition in 2010 (Classical Minds). Additionally, Rodriguez was recipient of the Ocelotl Award by Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila 2010, for Best Artistic Project. In 2014, he received the Leo Brouwer Prize at Festival Internacional de Guitarra del Noreste, in Saltillo, Mexico. He was Second Prize Winner at the Dallas International Guitar Competition in 2018. 


Mr. Rodriguez joined the faculty of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley in the fall of 2014, where serves as Director of the Guitar Ensemble and as Lecturer of Applied Guitar. Prior to his appointment at UTRGV, Mr. Rodriguez served on the faculty of the Escuela Preparatoria, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and on faculty at South Texas College. 


An advocate for new music for guitar ensemble, Mr. Rodriguez has arranged several works, with the particular aim of replicating the sound world of the symphony orchestra. His arrangements for guitar ensemble have been performed in concerts and festivals in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United States, Panama, and Lebanon, among others.


Mr. 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, and a Master of Music from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico where he studied guitar with Ivan Rijos and Manuel Barrueco. Rodriguez is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas, where he studies guitar with Thomas Johnson, and where he studies theorbo and early instruments with Daniel Swenberg and Arash Noori.