Born in 1961 in Guyaquil, Ecuador, Julio César Almeida Lopez studied classical guitar with Riuhey Kobayashi at the “Conservatorio Antonio Neumane” in his hometown, where he received the title “Professor of Classical Guitar” from the Ministry of Education at the age of 21.
Lopez was awarded various grants, such as the KAAD-Grant in Bonn, the Gopfelstiftung in Munich and the Paul and Maria Kremer-Stiftung in Cologne, which enabled him to continue his career in Germany. There he studied with Tadashi Sasaki at the College of Music in Aachen and with Reinbert Evers at the College of Music in Munster, completing his studies with the highest distinction. This was followed by the Soloist Degree from the International Chain Study Program in Enschede, Holland, Ghent, Belgium, and Essen, Germany.
In 1982 he took First Prize in the National Competition for Classical Guitar in Quito, Ecuador; Third Prize in 1996 in the Competition for the Scholarship for Cultural Promotion of the Association of Business and Industry of Westphalia, Germany; and Second Prize in 1998 in the Chamber Music Competition in Wuppertal with the “Duo Encuentro” for flute and guitar.