JORGE PAZ VERASTEGUI
Apart from his career as a member of the Lux Nova Duo, Jorge Paz Verastegui works as a researcher in the relationship between the body, the guitar and music. He is currently pursuing interdisciplinary doctoral studies at the University of Valladolid and the Katharina Gurska Conservatory (Spain). His studies are based on the conception of guitar technique from the perspective of the psychomotor method Cos Art.
As a soloist, in recent years he has been working with various composers from different parts of the world in the interpretation of new original works for classical guitar. During the last few years he premiered the work for two guitars by Manfred Stahnke and recorded works by renowned composers Georg Hajdu (Germany) and Xiaoyong Chen (China), David Aguilar (Peru) and Tristan Köster (USA). Regarding her interpretation of the prelude to J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite, the magazine Akustik Gitarre mentions: “Paz Verastegui avoids the usual cello romanticism and plays beautifully as it should be, that means, soberly, abstractly and boldly. “Wieland Uhlichs/p>
As a soloist with orchestra, during his career he performed the concerto for guitar and string orchestra “Tres Danzas Concertantes” by Leo Brouwer on two occasions: with the Kammerensemble Konsonanz (Leiszhalle Hamburg, 2017) and with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Perú, conducted by Pablo Sabat.(2004). In 2006 he performed the Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra by the Peruvian composer Edgar Valcárcel, conducted by Manuel Elías (Mexico).
As a performer on chamber music and multidisciplinary projects, together with flutist and composer Efrain Oscher, he premiered at the festival “Grasberg Sommerkonzerte 2019”, the work “Barroqueana Sudamericana N.2” for flute, guitar and string orchestra. In 2014 he performed the “Romancero Gitano” by the composer Castelnuovo Tedesco with the Madrigalistas Choir of the Catholic University, directed by his father Antonio Paz, and in 2013 he improvised in the contemporary performance “Auf der Greifswalder Straße” directed by director Cora Sachs at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. Also, at a very early age he was a member of the prestigious Aranjuez Guitar Quartet (Peru), performing numerous concerts in the main halls of Lima.
About his academic studies, he completed a master in performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg (Germany) under Professor Olaf van Gonnissen. Previously he studied at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Spain) under the guidance of teacher and concert guitarrist Alex Garrobé. In his country of origin, he studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Peru, where his teachers were Nelly Borda and Oscar Zamora. He also studied Renaissance lute for two years with María Eugenia Codina. During his training, he received master classes from Favio Zanón (Brazil), Alvaro Pierri (Uruguay), Luis Orlandini (Chile), Jesús Castro Balbi (Peru), Jukka Savioki (Finland) and Johannes Monno (Germany), among others.