Lecturer in Guitar
M.M., G.P.D., Peabody Conservatory
B.M., M.M., Santa Cecilia Conservatory, Rome
The great Venezuelan master Alirio Diaz called Mr. Amaral “a brilliant figure in the future of the classical guitar”. Since taking first prize in the prestigious Fernando Sor International Guitar Competition in Rome in the year 2000, Mr. Amaral established himself among the international concert performers of classical guitar. Awarded prizes in several other international guitar competitions, Mr. Amaral toured widely through Europe, Israel, Cyprus, the USA, and Mexico. He has performed and taught master classes in music festivals in Poland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Germany, Mexico, Israel and the United States, and participates yearly in summer international guitar festivals abroad.
Mr. Amaral has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, chamber music ensembles and string quartets. Currently, he maintains an active concert schedule with his wife, guitarist Mia Pomerantz- Amaral, performing together as Duo Amaral. Their contribution to the guitar duo repertoire includes transcriptions and commissioning of new compositions, to be performed and incorporated into the classical guitar canon. He has released a solo album ‘Viaggio’ (2007) and two duo albums, ‘Suplica’ (2010) and ‘Textura’ (2013); all three critically acclaimed. Viaggio has been described by Classical Guitar Magazine as "...a splendid affair throughout…precise, clear and well projected…this recording indeed surpasses several versions I personally own” (Steve Marsh 2010). Duo Amaral’s debut album 'Súplica' featured a world-premier composition, ‘Saggio’ written by Mr. Amaral's father, Victor Manuel Amaral Ramirez. Céline Keating of Minor 7th Magazine described the CD as “...a sublime album of classical music for two guitars...” Their second album, 'Textura' includes several of their own arrangements. Al Kunze of Soundboard Magazine describes: “Duo Amaral’s Textura is a superb disc, featuring beautiful music, exquisite playing, and exemplary recording. Mia Pomerantz-Amaral and Jorge Amaral play with extraordinary precision allied with delicacy, nuance, and virtuosity in equal measures” (March 2014). And Bradford Werner of This is Classical Guitar continues: Textura “…deliver[s] some of the best ensemble work, musical expression, and repertoire. Another great album release!…One of the premier classical guitar duos of today!"
Mr. Amaral received his Bachelor and Graduate Degrees from Santa Cecilia’s Conservatory in Rome, Italy and completed his studies at the renowned Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where he was awarded a Master of Music and a Graduate Performance Degree. For the past several years his young students (ages 8-15) have been prize winners in the most important national and international competitions in the USA, such as the Guitar Foundation of America and the Beatty Guitar Competition in Washington DC. His college students have been accepted with scholarships to complete their graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Amaral is also the founder and artistic director of the Baldwin Wallace International Guitar Festival.