Jorge Caballero

Classical Guitar

A native of Lima, Peru, Jorge Caballero is the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the Walter W. Naumburg International Competition Award. The New York Times called Caballero "a masterful guitarist" and praised his "deft, powerful technique." He has performed as a soloist with major orchestras around the world. His recital appearances include performances at New York's Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress in Washington, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, and other venues in the United States and internationally. Recent performances include recitals at the Santo Tirso Guitar Festival in Portugal, as well as concerts in Brazil, Italy, Germany, Paraguay, Perú and Mexico. He was featured as the center artist for the production of "Austin Pictures," one of the largest events ever produced featuring a solo classical guitar. Caballero is one of only two guitarists in the world to perform Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony transcribed for solo guitar. He also recorded it. His Musical Heritage CD of Bach Cello Suites, recorded in 2000, was highly praised by critics. He recently recorded Alba, a one-movement work by American composer Mark N. Grant, released last year on Albany Records.

Caballero began his professional training at the National Conservatory in Lima, studying with Oscar Zamora. He later studied in the United States, where he attended the Manhattan School of Music. He is the recipient of top prizes at the Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the Luis Sigall Competition, and the First Latin American Guitar competition, in addition to the Naumburg, which he won in 1996 at age 19.

  • Associated Programs

    Classical Guitar

  • Courses Taught

    Private classical guitar instruction.
  • Education

    National Conservatory in Lima, studying with Oscar Zamora
    Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music
  • Publications


  • Research Initiatives

    Currently composing a multimedia work commissioned by the Austin Classical Guitar Society.

  • Subjects Taught

    Classical music performance, interpretation, and instruction.

  • Awards

    Jorge Caballero is the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the Naumburg International Competition Award.