Biography

Oscar Salazar Varela is a guitarist, composer and pedagogue of Mexican origin. He has performed at various venues in Canada, Mexico and the United States. His musical career developed both in classical music and in popular genres. His accomplishments include the albums Dos vihuelas (2017), Les cinq temps (2015) and De Canaima al Cobre (2009). He also publishes guitar music, as well as educational and instructional guitar materials.

He was born in Chihuahua Mexico, where he began his studies at the city’s Conservatory of Music. In 1997, he won the first prize for instrumental music, awarded by the Chihuahua State Department of Education, and in 2004, the second prize at the Sin Fronteras National Guitar Competition. He is also laureate of the Cleofas Villegas Prize, an award for best guitar interpretation in the state of Chihuahua.

He has studied classical guitar with Alvaro Pierri at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he got a B.A. in classical performance and a post-graduate diploma in music film composition. He also received a master’s degree in guitar performace and a master’s degree in instrumental teaching at Laval University, where he also conducted doctoral studies (Ph.D.) in music education.

As a musician, he performs in major venues such as La Place des Arts and The Montreal Jazz Festival. He also presents at conferences and international academic events, such as the New Directions in Music Education Conference at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan.

In addition to the guitar, he is also interested in various other plucked instruments, such as the mandolin, vihuela and Cuban tres. He currently teaches guitar and plucked instruments at public and private educational institutions, including the Vincent-d’Indy Music School in Montreal