EDWIN GUEVARA GUTIÉRREZ is a guitarist, composer, arranger and conductor. He began his studies at the age of 3 under the mentorship of his father Roberto, and eventually pursued studies in guitar and composition, choral and orchestral conducting at the National Conservatory of Colombia.
Gutiérrez has taken masterclasses with prestigious artists such as Abel Carlevaro, Alvaro Pierri, Eduardo Fernandez, Leo Brouwer, David Rusell, Pavel Steidl, and Pepe Romero. He achieved a major award from the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Lyceum of Barcelona and a Master’s in Symphonic Conducting from the National University of Colombia.
Gutiérrez has performed concerts throughout the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. He has been invited to international guitar festivals and has played as a soloist with many highly prestigious orchestras. He has recorded over 50 discs in a variety of musical genres. He founded the renowned Duo Villa-Lobos with Venezuelan cellist Cecilia Palma, debuting with "Music for Cello and Guitar from South America and Eastern Europe” (Naxos).
Gutiérrez has won nearly 70 national and international performance awards in Spain, Cuba, and the USA (winning first prize at the Latin American Guitar Festival in Chicago). He is a permanent contributor to several international festivals as a performer, jury member and teacher. As conductor he has directed many elite ensembles and orchestras, and he is currently titular director of the Filadelfia Philharmonic Orchestra in Bogota, the Guitar Quartet of Bogotá, and the Guitar Orchestra of the National Pedagogical University (where he also teaches guitar).
In 2005 Gutiérrez was named by the Cervantes Institute of Spain as one of the ten best guitarists and musicians of Latin America. He is SAVINO MUSIC artist from the United States and is also sponsored by Knobloch Strings from Spain. His compositions are published in Spain and Germany, and he edits the work of Colombian composer Gentil Montaña for the publisher Caroní Music in France.
Since December 2016 Gutiérrez’s work for cello and guitar has been published by Bergmann Edition. These pieces are highly musically literate, full of melody, variety and colour with a vivid, recognisably South American palette. The possibilities of the instruments are stretched to create an almost orchestral impression from just ten strings.