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¨The talent and musicality of Joe Ott make him a great representative of the new generation of guitarists at the international level¨ Ignacio Rodes
Guitarist, composer, educator and cultural promoter; born in Havana, Cuba and currently residing in Spain. He began his music studies at age 10 and completed his Bachelor of Music with a gold degree at the University of the Arts of Cuba, ISA in 2009.
Pre-doctoral Diploma in Research on Hispanic Musical Heritage (2011) at the San Gerónimo University College in Havana. Master in Training Processes in the Teaching of the Arts (2013) from the University of the Arts of Cuba, ISA. Master in Classical Guitar Interpretation from the University of Alicante (2017). Master in Interpretation and research of the music of the twentieth century by the Oscar Esplá Superior Conservatory of Music in Alicante (2020).
Ott has developed an intense work as a soloist and in chamber music, offering concerts in the main theaters and concert halls of Cuba as well as in various music festivals in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
He has been awarded in several national and international competitions, among which the following stand out:
- First prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Berlin (2019),
- First prize at the FIG in Hanen (2019)
- Second prize and audience prize at the FIG de Castalla (2018)
- First prize in the Heitor Villa-Lobos International Music Competition (2016)
- Espiral Eterna Musician Award (2012), awarded at the IV Leo Brouwer Chamber Music Festival, performing with the Havana chamber orchestra under the direction of maestro Leo Brouwer.
Since 2004 Ott has been linked to teaching his instrument, he was a teacher for five years at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory, where he taught guitar subjects; History of the instrument, methodology of teaching the guitar and directed the guitar orchestra of the same center. He worked at the National School of Arts of Cuba, as a guitar teacher at the San Gregorio de Portoviejo University and at the Alter Musici Academy of High Musical Studies in Alicante (2020-2021).
Joe Ott leads the educational project ¨Guitarras por el Mundo¨, dedicated to teaching free guitar classes and courses in low-income communities. Hundreds of children and young people from various countries such as Haiti, Angola, Cuba, Ecuador and Spain have benefited from this project.
In 2013 Ott premiered his first composition at the FIG in Monterrey, and he dedicated himself to spreading the traditional repertoire and new pieces written for guitar; including in its repertoire works from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
His guitar teachers include Alexis Méndez, Martin Pedreira, Joaquín Clerch, Manuel Barruecos, Ignacio Rodes, David Russell, Sergio Assad and Pepe Romero. The studies of composition, harmony and counterpoint were carried out with the Cuban teacher Alfredo Diez Nieto.