Julia Banzi

Instructor of Flamenco Guitar and Folk 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.  She is considerd a pioneer for women on the guitar and her work reflects over twenty-five years of living, studying and performing in Spain and North Africa.  Her principal teachers included Isidro Muñoz (Familia Muñoz-Sanlúcar) in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain;  Felipe Maya, Juan Maya“Marote,” David Serva (Diego del Moron), Rafael Morales in Madrid, Spain; Manolo Sanlúcar in the 1° Curso Internacional de “Sanlúcar de Barrameda” (Vicente Amigo discovery); Miguel Habichuela (Habichuela-Carmona Dynasty) in Granada, Spain and more recently studies with Gerardo Nuñez.  She spent years in Madrid’s Amor de Dios studios in Madrid, Spain accompaning flamenco dance including Ciro, la Tati and Manolete.

She continues to tour worldwide with regularity with the international performance ensemble, Al-Andalus  (www.Andalus.com) 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” nominated for the “Best Contemporary Classical Album of 2010.”

“A delightful proposition of exquisite music!” El Pais. Madrid, Spain.


Academic Credentials

University of California, Santa Barbara PhD Ethnomusicology. 2007

Guitar Studies in Spain: Granada, Sanlucar de Barrameda and  Madrid Julia studied with some of Spain’s finest guitarists including Manolo Sanlucar, Isidro Muñoz, David Serva, Juan Maya “Marote” Felipe Maya and Rafael Morales.


Lewis & Clark College, Portland Oregon B.M. 1996