About Julio Azcano

Different paths converge in the acoustic palette of Julio Azcano: the refinement of his classical technique in his native Argentina, an intense involvement in improvisation and composition projects in Europe, and an international performance journey that spans concerts in South America, Asia, Europe, and the USA.

He has shared the stage with esteemed musicians such as Leo Brouwer, Dino Saluzzi, Juan Falú, and Carmen Linares, marking his presence in distinguished festivals like the "Menuhin Festival" in Gstaad, "Guitar City" Warsaw (captured and aired by the Polish National Radio), and "Guitarras del Mundo" in Argentina (participation in numerous festivals and a CD published by EPSA Music), alongside appearances at Guitar Festival Lausanne and In Guitar Winterthur, among others. Julio Azcano's ongoing exploration of diverse styles on the classical guitar serves as a constant refinement of his musical expression, both in solo performances and various ensemble projects.

His current activities include projects with double bass virtuoso Juan Pablo Navarro, Austrian jazz flutist Günter Wehinger, percussionist Claudio Spieler, the duo "Ayres" with Anatolian baglama player Taylan Arikan, and collaborations with Latin Grammy award-winning guitarist Quique Sinesi, jazz guitarist and GIT teacher Sid Jacobs, saxophonist Javier Girotto, tango singer Marcela Arroyo, and Yehudi Menuhin's favorite pupil Volker Biesenbender.

Since April 2013, he has been a member of the Eos Guitar Quartet - praised by Leo Brouwer as "one of the best guitar quartets in the world" - interpreting music dedicated to them by guitar luminaries such as John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia, Ralph Towner, or Fred Frith.

Immersed in the strong Argentinean guitar tradition from an early age, Julio completed his Diplom in Classical Guitar in Mar del Plata and took private lessons with guitar virtuoso Eduardo Isaac. Subsequently, he continued his studies in Buenos Aires under the guidance and support of Pino Marrone, incorporating elements of jazz and improvisation into his repertoire. In 2000, he won the first prize in both jazz and classical music at the National Biennial of Young Art, providing the opportunity to record his first album and embark on tours in his home country and, shortly after, the USA and Europe. In Switzerland, he obtained a Master's Degree in Jazz and Improvisation from the Zurich University of the Arts and continued to refine his improvisational approach to jazz with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Ralph Towner. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at the Freiburg University of Music (Germany).

In addition to his artistic pursuits, Julio Azcano is regularly invited by internationally renowned institutions as a lecturer and jury member. He teaches regularly at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, contributing his expertise to the next generation of musicians.