Born: September 15, 1973 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Ernesto Cortazar Lara was born in Mexico City where he began his fascination with the guitar as a young child. By the age of ten he was playing and learning to master his instrument. He is mainly a self taught guitarist, although when he was fourteen he began three years of study at the Conservatory Nacional De Musica of Mexico City.
As an adult he lived for a while in New York City and studied with some of the greatest players that call that city home: , Wayne Krantz, Christopher Rosenberg and Rodney Jones, to name a few. He also study in Europe with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Nelson Veras.
Ernesto is a world-class guitarist, a professional musician for more than twenty years who has played with many of greats in the art: Carlos Santana, Kermit Driscol and others. In 1990s, he toured the Americas with Ricky Martin and performed before huge crowds in televised concerts.
One of the few guitar players in the world with the skill and talent to combine great virtuosity with an emotional depth that touches the soul of all who hear his music, his improvisations are well known for their exceptional creativity and musical flow.
Ernesto's fifth album of original compositions .. Invisible Element... joins Signal, You Are Welcome, Ernesto Cortazar Lara Duo and Ernesto Cortazar Lara Trio in music available worldwide on more than 200 online shops for digital downloads, including iTunes and Amazon.
Ernesto's international performances are now moving beyond the previous boundaries of the Americas and Europe toward Africa, Asia and the Indian Ocean region.