Lecturer in Guitar
M.A., Peabody Conservatory
Santa Cecilia Conservatory
Jorge Amaral has been described as one of the most exceptional Mexican guitarists of his generation. The great Venezuelan master Alirio Diaz called Mr. Amaral "a brilliant figure in the future of the classical guitar".
Since taking first prize in the prestigious Fernando Sor International Guitar Competition in Rome in the year 2000, Mr. Amaral established himself among the young international concert performers of classical guitar. Awarded prizes in several other international guitar competitions, Mr. Amaral toured widely through Europe, the USA, and Mexico. He has performed and taught master classes in music festivals in Poland, Italy, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Germany, Mexico, Israel and the United States. He frequently serves as a juror for the Fernando Sor International Guitar Competition in Italy, and participates yearly in summer international guitar festivals abroad.
Mr. Amaral attended the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome with a grant from the Italian government, where he received his undergraduate and graduate diploma in 1999. Receiving a two-year apprenticeship certificate from Santa Cecilia Conservatory's Guitar Chair, Maestro Giuliano Balestra, lead to his studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. There he was awarded the Graduate Performance Diploma and a Master's Degree in Guitar Performance as a Peabody scholarship recipient under the tutelage of professor Julian Gray.
Mr. Amaral has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, chamber music ensembles and string quartets. Currently, he maintains an active concert schedule, both as a soloist and with his wife, guitarist Mia Pomerantz- Amaral, performing together as Duo Amaral.