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.