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Javier Vinasco Guzman

Javier Vinasco Guzman

Director of Latinx Music, Associate Professor of Music

School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

Frasier 115A
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
School of Music
Campus Box 28
Greeley, CO 80639


• PhD, Music Interpretation, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
• M.M., Music Performance - Clarinet, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
• Diploma di Clarinetto, Conservatorio Statale Ottorino Respighi (Italy)
• B.M.E., Universidad del Valle (Colombia)

Professional/Academic Experience

Vinasco is a virtuoso in every sense of the word, but is an understated virtuosity that is always in service of the music.                                                         

                                                                             (The Clarinet) 

Colombian clarinetist Javier Vinasco has specialized in the performance of Latin American music, an effort which is available in his several solo albums, with more than 150 works recorded, one of them which was nominated to the Latin Grammy in the Best Tango Album category. In his more than 50 performances as soloist with relevant Latin American orchestras, as well as in recitals in Japan, Europe, and the Americas, he has performed multiple premieres by Latin American composers, including several works dedicated to him. In 2020, he founded Clarinete Mestizo, an educational digital platform to promote the music for clarinet from Latin America. 

Mr. Vinasco earned a Doctorate in Music from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, a degree he obtained with the Alfonso Caso Medal, the highest distinction of this university. He is the Colombian National Chairperson at the International Clarinet Association and a Yamaha, Wurlitzer, Cero Records and Légère Reeds Artist. 

Dr. Vinasco has been a member of the Bogota Philharmonic, Valle Symphony and Eafit Symphony Orchestra. He has also been guest principal clarinetist with the City of London Sinfonia, the Sinfónica del Estado de México and Parnassus Symphony in San Francisco. He has won on four occasions the Colombian Ministry of Culture’s calls for proposals in the categories of composition, record production and creation and virtual circulation, as well as the musical performance competitions of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, the Colombia Symphony Orchestra, and the El Dorado organization of Buenos Aires (Argentina). 

As a professor, Dr. Vinasco has taught at universities like Pontifical Javeriana, De Los Andes, Colima, Cali Conservatory, and Eafit, where he was Head of the Music Department. He has given master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, University of Maryland, Duquesne University, Shenandoah Conservatory, Lawrence University, Virginia Tech, UNAM, El Sistema, Universidad de Brasilia, Universidad Católica del Perú, different universities in Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia, among many others. 

In 2023, he joined the University of Northern Colorado as Associate Professor, Director of the Bachelor of Arts in Latinx Music. In the same year, he was invited by the Ministry of Arts, Cultures, and Knowledge of Colombia to be part of a three-person team responsible for designing written, video, and audio materials on initiation in the clarinet, to be distributed free of charge throughout the country.