Julio Almeida is a critically acclaimed and internationally respected guitar soloist and chamber musician. The periodical Américas of Washington D.C. described de Ecuadorian musician as „a rising star of the classical guitar world“. His recitals throughout Europe, North and South America, Russia and Iran have been enthusiastically received by the public and the international press alike
His frequent performances as a soloist and in chamber music collaborations have taken place in prestigious concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, the Beethoven Hall of Bonn, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Chiesa della Pontificia di Sant' Anna in the Vatican, the Hôtel National des Invalides in Paris, the Theater di Marcello in Rome, the Urania in Vienna, the Royal Castle in Warsaw, the Teatro Duna Palota in Budapest, the Concert Hall of V. V. Mayakovskiy National Museum in Moscow, the Museum of America in Madrid, the Albert Long Hall in Istanbul, the AUB Assembly Hall in Beirut, the Auditorium Lewinsky in Tel Aviv, the Casa de la Música in Quitoand the Andisheh Hall in Tehran among others.
His discography includes seven CDs and Two DVDs,. He has made various recordings for radio and television in partnership with broadcasters such as WDR (West German Radio), SFB (Radio Berlin), Radio Nederland in The Hague, Radio Bartók of Budapest, Radio Nacional of Buenos Aires, HEYA TV in Beirut and Radio Visión of Quito.
Almeida has won prizes in several national and international competitions, including:
- 1982 First prize in the National Competition for Classical Guitar in Quito/Ecuador
- 1996 Third prize in the Competition for the Scholarship for Cultural Promotion, given by the Association of Business and Industry, Münster/Germany
- 1998 Second prize in the Chamber Music Competition of Wuppertal with the Duo Encuentro for flute and guitar, with flutist Thomas Brögger
- 1999 Diploma al Mčrito in the Torneo Internazionale di Música in Rome/Italy
In 2005 the Ecuadorian Congress decorated him with the Order “Dr. Vicente Rocafuerte” for his cultural merits and in 2007 he was honoured with the “J.J. Olmedo Award” by the government of the State of Guayas for having rendered outstanding artistic services to his country.
Almeida first studied classical guitar with Riuhey Kobayashi at the "Conservatorio Antonio Neumane" in his hometown. […] The support of various grants including those of the KAAD of Bonn, the Gopfelstiftung of Munich, and the Paul and Maria Kremer-Stiftung of Cologne, enabled him to further pursue his career in Germany. He studied with Tadashi Sasaki at the College of Music in Aachen and with Reinbert Evers at the College of Music in Münster, completing his studies with the highest distinction. This was followed by the Soloist-Degree "Konzertexamen" within the programme of the International Chain Study in Enschede/Netherlands, Gent/Belgium, and Essen/Germany.
He has participated in masterclasses offered by many outstanding artists, among them Wolfgang Lendle, Abel Carlevaro, Olivier Chassin, Antonio Ruiz Pipó, Ida Polk, Luis Ignatius Gall, Hubert Käppel, Dieter Kreidler, Roberto Aussel and Aniello Desiderio.
Almeida currently resides in Cologne and is Instructor of Classical Guitar at the Music Academies of Neuss and Meerbusch in Germany.