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Marcelo Rojas


Paraguayan harpist, born in 1976, in a small city Yuty, Department (State) of Caazapa. He started his music studies at the 10 years old with his father. In 1996, he moved to the capital city Asunción, and he took new classes with a great harp professor Victor Simon. He continues studying with others famous harpists around Brasil, Argentina and also Uruguay. In 1998, he started his performance like as “solo harp” It has been successfully performed in several important halls and theaters: Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Australia, Japon, Italy, France, Caribean countries and also United States.

Always interested in making Paraguayan music known, he includes works by Paraguayan composers in his repertoire in different scenarios both American and European. Represented Paraguay at many festivals and conferences with renowned teachers and other famous harpist. He has won several awards in national and international competitions. He appeared as a soloist on several occasions with the Symphonic Orchestra of the city of Asuncion, Symphony Orchestra National Congress, Biennale Concurs of Harps in Tokyo. In 2009, he was invited for the Festival of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, in Washington D.C., where he present his album called “Maitiei America: Harps of Paraguay”. So far, the he has 4 albums. Now, he lives in Paraguay and has had the opportunity to work privately with important harpist masters. He is considered one of the most internationally acknowledged Paraguayan harpist.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/4/2018: Marcelo Rojas

An internationally renowned Paraguayan harpist, Marcelo Rojas brings the music of Paraguay to audiences at festivals, conferences, and performances worldwide. His first appearance in Washington, D.C. was in 2009 when he presented his album Maitiei America: Harps of Paraguay for the Festival of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordinqs.