Janet Noguera, an exciting young Mexican-American guitarist and composer, began playing guitar at the age of 13. In 2014, she won the international, Lowden Young Guitarist of the Year competition for performers and composers under 25, organized by the Irish guitar company of guitars, Lowden. As the winner, she traveled to Lowdens Northern Ireland workshop to pick out a guitar (choosing a Richard Thompson signature model) and to perform alongside Lowden signature artists, Jon Gomm and Thomas Leeb, at the Lowden 40th Anniversary Concert. In 2014, she was also featured in the Acoustic Guitar Magazine May 2014 issue, as one of the "30 Great Acoustic Guitarists under the age of 30."
Noguera studied classical guitar performance with Bill Coulter at the University of California, Santa Cruz. There, she also received masterclasses with classical guitarists, Andrew York, Benjamin Verderi, and Grisha Goryachev. Janet has also studied with acclaimed fingerstyle players such as Alex de Grassi and Thomas Leeb at their summer workshops. In 2015, she was a recipient of the Plantronics Creativity & Innovation Scholars Award 2015 (presented annually by the UCSC Arts Division,) and in 2017, she was awarded both the UCSC Chancellor’s Award and the Dean’s Award for her Senior Recital and composition project for the UCSC Guitar Ensemble, "Endless Journey."
Later in 2017, she won the international Fretmonkey Guitar Solo Contest, an online contest organized by Fretmonkey Records, a record label of Progressive Fingerstyle guitar based in Arkansas, CA.
Janet has opened shows for players like Andy McKee, Andrew York, and Laurance Juber. She is actively performing at acoustic guitar festivals in California and Mexico, and collaborating with other players and music companies every year at the NAMM show in Anaheim CA. She currently performs around Northern California and is currently teaching Music and Spanish at the San Francisco Day School, as well as at Instituto CanZion, a Hispanic Institute of Christian music in Newark, and most recently, teaching guitar at Mission Cultural Center of Latino Arts, MCCLA in San Francisco.
With a love of all things music, performance and entertainment, Janet Noguera seeks to continually develop, create, and share her musical artistry with the world. Today, Janet Noguera is available for work in the studio, on commercial projects, or for private events to compliment the style and setting of any occasion.