About Javier Arias

Biographical information

Javier Arias was born in Mexico City, where he began his musical studies with his father, violinist and composer Emmanuel Arias y Luna.
Mr. Arias is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, where he was the repicient of the Lincoln Center, Loeb and Cohen Memorial scholarshps. He also did postgraduate studies at Louisiana State University, and was awarded the distinguished Artist Diploma from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Among his teachers are Zara Nelsova, Salomon van den Berg, Ana Elizabeth Berlin, Carlos Prieto, Lee Fiser and Dennis Parker.

Javier Arias, violoncello
Edith Ruiz, piano

Mr. Arias was the youngest participant at the Bach's 200th Aniversary Seminar in Freiburg, Germany. He also took part in the Course of Phenomenology of Music at the University of Mainz, Germany imparted by Sergiu Celibidache.

As founder of the Amernet String Quartet, Javier Arias was awarded the First Prize at the Fifth International String Quartet Competition in Banff, Canada,  the First Prize and Gold Medal at the International Music Competition in Tokyo, where he also received the Asahi Special Prize. He was also the winner of the the Grand Prize at the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in the USA, and the First Prize at the Chamber Music  Competition in Yellow Springs, USA. As well, Mr. Arias won the First Prize in the National Competition for Young Artists in Mexico.

Javier Arias has been a soloist with various musical groups, such as the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the  Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra of Mexico,  Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, EAFIT Symphony Orchestra, the  Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

As a chamber musician, Javier Arias has regularly performed throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe Asia, and has given concerts in summer music festivals such as the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia Rising Stars, Interlochen, Tanglewood, Newport, Rockport, Festival de la Ciudad de México, San Miguel Allende, Xalapa, Veracruz, among others.

Currently, Javier Arias is pursuing a doctoral degree in Music at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. (UNAM).