Hector Murrieta - Guitar
Hector began playing the guitar when he was 14 years old. He practiced both acoustic & electric guitar for some years before focusing mainly on the classical guitar for several decades. His first lessons were with private teaches & later at the Ollin Yoliztli Conservatory & The Escuela Nacional de Musica, UNAM, both in Mexico City. Afterwards he got a degree from The Royal College of Music in London, UK. He also took masterclasses & lessons with some of the most prominent classical guitar performers of our time, amongst them Manuel Barrueco, David Tanenbaum, David Russell & Gonzalo Salazar.
This path allowed him to perform as a solo concert artist in several countries such as UK, USA, Mexico & Cuba, & also to record 3 classical guitar albums, to great success; “De Oriente a Occidente”, “Entre Senderos” & “Ascension: Music Of the Baroque” which include works written by classical contemporary & baroque composers such as J.S. Bach, E. Krenek, L. Brouwer, H. Villa-Lobos, W. Walton, C. Chavez & others. His experience in this field also includes playing duets, in guitar orchestras & different instrumental combinations.
His curiosity for the electric guitar & other types of music never really went away, & in 2013 he created, alongside dancer/choreographer Dora Hagerman, an interdisciplinary company called “Komorebi”, where he performed original works created by them both. These works mixed contemporary dance, video & original music written by Hector & other composers. They performed in many different art festivals & countries such as Japan, Argentina, Spain, Canada, Indonesia, USA, Cuba & Mexico. In the midst of all this, Hector recorded an electric guitar album with works by classical contemporary composers Steve Reich (USA), Jacob TV (Holland), Elliot Fisk (USA), Tristan Murail (France) & Alex Shapiro (USA).
Around 2013 Hector started creating & writing his own music, leaning into improvisation too & using all the elements available through his multiple experiences, releasing in 2017 his first album of original music, “Of City Blurs”. He’s also written several works for piano, harpsichord, violin, cello, bagpipes, electric guitar, synths, african marimbas, orchestra, etc, such as “Letters From Northern Skies”, “Baroque suite Op. 43 & 44”, “12 Canons for Dora Hagerman”, “String Trio Op. 5 Dawn”, “Scopes”, “Songs I Sing While I Go On a Downward Spiral”, “Clouds Under a Japanese Sky”, & a large etc. His music has also been performed by other artists now.
All of this can be seen & heard on his YouTube Channel (Hector Murrieta) & bandcamp website:
Hector has also enjoyed teaching throughout the years. His biggest goal as a teacher is to wake up & nurture the curiosity to learn through many methods, make the students realize how music plays such a vital role in human life, everyday activities, the transcendence of practicing/playing music & the benefits it brings to our own lives.
(Minimum Age 5 years old)