Professor of Guitar (Ph.D.)
*Specialty*: Flamenco, Classical and Folk Guitar. Ethnomusicology. Courses taught in English and Castellano.
Ph.D. Ethnomusicology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Flamenco, Folk, Classical Guitar
Julia Banzi is a devoted teacher, composer and performer who truly enjoys working with students of all levels. Whether in flamenco, folk or classical, Julia provides students with a solid foundation on the guitar while guiding students toward creating original music they can call their own. Many of her students have gone on to become professional musicians (Elliott Smith was one of Julia students!). At all levels, from learning to play their favorite songs to accompanying flamenco singers and dancers, Julia prepares students with both solo and ensemble skills and toward a lifetime of enjoyment and proficiency on the instrument. Fluent in Castellano, Julia instructs in both English & Spanish.
Professor, performer, ethnomusicologist, composer and one of a very few female flamenco guitarists worldwide, Julia’s work reflects her many years of living, studying and performing in Spain and North Africa. She continues to tour worldwide with regularity with the international performance ensemble, Al-Andalus which she also co-directs. Julia frequently gives talks worldwide on the subject of guitar, flamenco and women and music.
Winner of the 2009 “Peoples Grammy Award” for “Best World Music Song of 2009” Vox Pop Award for the “Best Contemporary Classical Album of 2010.”
“A delightful proposition of exquisite music!” El Pais. Madrid, Spain.