Hector Javier Rodriguez Santos 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 instructor of applied guitar.
Prior to his appointment at UTRGV, Mr. Rodriguez served on the faculty at the Escuela Preparatoria, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. He enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, having given masterclasses and performances in Puerto Rico, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico, as well as in the United States.
As a soloist, Mr. Rodriguez’s 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). In 2014, he received the Leo Brouwer Prize at Festival Internacional de Guitarra del Noreste in Saltillo, Mexico. 2nd Prize at the Dallas International Guitar Competition 2018. Additionally, Rodriguez was recipient of the Ocelotl Award by Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila 2010, for Best Artistic Project.
Mr. Rodriguez has studied in masterclasses with Pavel Steidl, Remi Boucher, Paul Galbraith, Graham Lea Cox, Manuel Barrueco, Maximo Diego Pujol, Petar Jankovic, Eduardo Garrido, Rene Izquierdo, Julio Cesar Oliva, Eduardo Fernandez, Costas Cotsiolis, Celso Machado, Irina Kulikova, Denis Azabagic, Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Alberto Rodriguez, Matthew Hinsley, Grisha Goryachev, Nigel North, Roland Dyens, Johannes Möller, Carlos Barbosa Lima and Leo Brouwer.
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 Musical Arts in Classical Guitar Performance from the Escuela Superior de Música Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila. (Saltillo, Coahuila, México). Holds a Master of Music from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.
His primary guitar instructors are Ivan Rijos, Thomas Johnson, Manuel Barrueco, Martín Madrigal, and Manuel Lopez. He has studied Theorbo and early instruments with Daniel Swenberg and Arash Noori.