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Pirai Vaca


Born in Bolivia, Pirai Vaca studied under Jesus Ortega at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Habana, Cuba, where he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree with a Specialization in the Guitar and a Post-graduate degree in Renaissance Music, obtaining the prize as the Outstanding Graduate of the Year. He continued his studies under Manuel Barrueco in the USA and, subsequently, in the Higher Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany, the country where he resides at present.
He has toured Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, the USA, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Luxembourg, Sweden, England and France.

Pirai Vaca is currently one of the most recognized Bolivian artists at a national and international level. In recognition of his outstanding international career, he is one of the few Latin Americans to be awarded the Fellowship of the Americas, granted by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Pirai Vaca has been declared The Most Outstanding Bolivian Abroad by the United Nations for Youth; World Class Bolivian by the Latin American Press Association and the Bolivian Association of Press Workers; Outstanding Young Bolivian by the Junior Chambers of Bolivia and he has been honored by his country with the maximum award: the National Prize for Music, granted by the Association of Writers, Plastic Artists and Musicians of Bolivia, to mention just some of his awards.
His participation in international contests has resulted in important prizes at the International Guitar Contest of Havana, the International Spring Contest for the Guitar at Walcourt, Belgium, and the International Guitar Contest of the Guerrero Foundation in Madrid, Spain.

Due to their interest in disseminating his interpretations and programmes, Sony Music for Bolivia and Highland Records for the USA are producing his recordings. His first CD, “Yoruba Chants”, has been released.
Pirai Vaca