We’re thrilled to announce Javier Contreras of Chile as the Winner of the 1st Annual Composition Challenge “Year of Samba”, celebrating the 100 Year Anniversary since the first recorded Brazilian Samba.  As an accomplished Composer and Guitarist, Javier has won many awards including 1st Prize at the Boston Guitar Fest Composition Competition, and his music has been recorded numerous times on the prestigious NAXOS record label.

The prize included $1000, as well as the world premier of this incredible work titled “CEM”, which fuses all the beloved qualities of the Samba with irresistible harmonies of Jazz, which took place on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at Nichols Concert Hall performed by violinist David Lisker and Guitars Ana Vidovic.

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