Biography

Roberto Granados is a classical and flamenco guitarist, ukuleleist, and composer from Hayward, California. First inspired at a young age by the music of Jimi Hendrix, Roberto began studying guitar at the age of six with Hungarian classical guitarist Gyorgy Vass. At the age of eight, he also became a student of Bay Area flamenco guitar virtuoso Jason McGuire. Since then, Roberto has studied with distinguished guitarists Marc Teicholz and Sergio Assad of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has taken masterclasses from numerous prominent guitarists including Diego del Morao, Paco Serrano, Juan Manuel Cañizares, Ben Verdery, Martha Masters, David Leisner, Berta Rojas, David Tanenbaum, Muriel Anderson, Douglas Lora, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

 

Since beginning his study of the guitar, Roberto has taken part in performances across the nation. At the age of nine, he was selected to perform on NPR’s “From the Top,” playing La Catedral by Paraguayan guitarist and composer Augustín Barrios Mangoré.

 

In 2009, at ten years old, Roberto was invited to perform for and meet President Barack Obama at an event sponsored by the Democratic National Committee. That same year, he was invited to represent From the Top’s PBS series From the Top at Carnegie Hall, at the 36th Annual Emmy Awards.

 

Roberto made his professional solo debut with the California Symphony at the age of twelve, performing renowned Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo's famous Concierto de Aranjuez. Several years later in 2015, he also performed this work with the Santa Cruz Symphony under the direction of conductor Daniel Stewart.

 

More recently, Roberto has played in Bay Area-based professional classical guitar ensemble the San Francisco Guitar Quartet, performed with singer Jon Anderson of the English progressive rock band Yes, and worked with critically acclaimed ukulele extraordinaire Jake Shimabukuro.

 

He has performed in venues and festivals across the country, as well as a few international venues, including the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; Linfield College; Walnut Creek Lesher Center of the Arts; San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Yoshi’s San Francisco; San Francisco de Young Musem; Keawala‘i Church and Jodo Mission Hawai’i; Cardamomo (Madrid, Spain); Feria de Andújar (Spain); Santa Cruz Kuumbwa Jazz Center; Brava Theater; Guitar Solo & Ensemble Festival; New World Flamenco Festival; Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation - Stars to the Rescue Benefit Concert; La Peña Cultural Center; Ashkenaz Music Center;  West Coast Blues Hall of Fame & Awards Show; Canciones 2 - Caminos Flamencos;  Ukulele Jams Festival;  the annual EG Conference; TEDx Conferences; and Google Zeitgeist ‘13.

 

Roberto holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Music from California State University East Bay, where he studied under prominent classical guitarist Marc Teicholz. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Music degree at the Yale School of Music under professor Benjamin Verdery. Roberto continues to teach, arrange and compose music for classical and electric guitar, and works with audio production and experimental composition in his free time.

He writes and produces original electric guitar-based music in his musical project The Halcyon Effect, and has collaborated with various artists including Visenya, Adam Bentley of Arch Echo, and Bay Area-based Archaeologist.

© 2018 by Roberto Granados