Conductor & Pianist

“Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.”

Claude Debussy


Juan Carlos was born in Santa Tecla, El Salvador.

Started his musical training at age 4 with his Mother.
He studied Piano and Conducting with Joseph Doetsch (1995-2002) who encourages him to compose taking lessons on Harmony and Composition. He also studied with German Cáceres (2005-2008).

His first composition “Santo” for Mixed Choir, Flute and Piano was composed and premiered in 1995.

Pianist and Assistant Conductor of the National Choir of El Salvador (2002-2009)

Music Director “EPRE-EJE” choir (1998-2009)

Music Director of the Choir of Seniors Program for “IPSFA” (2004-2009)

Pianist and Assistant Conductor of the University Choir “Dr. José Matías Delgado” University (2005-2009)

He Composed the music for the Performances “Dos no luchan si uno no quiere” (1999) and “Las Rutas Rotas” (2000) by the Spanish painter Garbiñe Larralde.

He has worked as an accompanist with the most important Opera Singers in El Salvador including Eliomin Zelaya, Elizabeth Trabanino, Mauricio Iglesias, Lorena Melgar, Ana Gertrudis Gomez, Lucia Sandoval, Angel Rivas, Conny Palacios among others working in several Concerts, Galas and performances many of them have been recorded and broadcasted.

His works have been performed by the National Choir of El Salvador, choir EPRE-EJE, University Choir Dr. José Matías Delgado University, Mauricio Iglesias, among others. His works have received wide acceptance by important musicians of Central America.

In 2004 and 2008 he participated in the organizing committee for FESTICANTA choral festivals, the first held in El Salvador and the second held in Honduras.

In 2009 he moved to New York City, where he continues to develop artistically. Today is dedicated to the composition and teaching of piano and guitar.

His students have received recognition from officers in the Towns of Hempstead, Islip and Babylon as well as Nassau y Suffolk Counties.

In 2013 Inspired by the Idea developed by Eric Whitacre he creates his first Virtual Choir Project. In 2014 he wrote “La Magia de la Música” a project involving a virtual choir and a Jazz/pop Ensemble.

Between 20014 and 2015 his major orchestral work “Aurora” is composed for large orchestra and choir. In 2015 he sets music to poems by Salvadoran Poet Claudia Meyer composing “Estación del Frío” suite.

His work “Nu Tal” was premiered in 2016 by the National Symphony Orchestra in El Salvador conducted by Dr. Irving Ramirez. The work is an homage to my home country.

Juan Carlos is member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

He is currently studying composition with Ivette Herryman.


Upciming Events

“Y sin embargo amor” (2016)

SSAATTBB (A Capella)

Upcoming World Premiere

San Jose, Costa Rica

Paula Burgos, conductor

Upciming Events

World Premiere

“Mis Once Letras” (2017)

Cycle for Tenor & Piano

Poetry by: Roque Dalton

October 8th, NYC

Mario Arevalo, Tenor

Upciming Events

“Pur(rrr)ifying” (2017)

Saxophone Alto & Tape

Upcoming World Premiere


Fernando Ascencio (Saxophone)

Work in progress

Salmo 8 (2017)

For choir (SATB) / String Orchestra & Piano

Commissioned by Prof. José Santamaría Lagos

World Premiere in 2018 with the Dr. José Matías Delgado Choir & Orchestra conducted by Prof. José Santamaría Lagos.


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"Nu Tal" - World Premiere

Performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of El Salvador, conducted by Dr. Irving Ramirez

Olas y Arenas

Performed in NYC, Oct 2016. Rosa D’imperio – Soprano, Juan Guerra – Piano

"El Nido" - Virtual Choir

My first VIrtual Choir project, inspired in Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir.

"Flower Song" (from Madama Butterfly)

Performed by Lucia Sandoval – Soprano, Lorena Melgar – Mezzo, Juan Guerra – piano

"Las Manos de mi Madre" - Solo version

Performed by Mario Arevalo, Tenor and Juan Guerra – Piano / Composer

"La Magia de la Música"

Performed by Matthew Curtis (all voices & solo)

"Playing Time"

From “Three little pieces for Piano solo”

Lincoln Center, NYC

A visit to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York.


Thank you for your interest in my music. Most of my works are available for sale through You can check some of them in the section below. For special requests or for scores not available at please fill out the contact form and I will reply back to you. Perusal scores are available upon request, please fill out the contact form with the title Perusal Score Request, let me know the title and a valid email address and I will reply as soon as possible. 

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El Nido
Composed by Juan Carlos Guerra Gonzalez. Secular. Score. 8 pages. Published by Juan Carlos Guerra Gonzalez (S0.11195).
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Estacion del frio – (Complete Cycle) – Tenor and Piano
Composed by Juan Carlos Guerra Gonzalez. 21st Century, Neo-Classical. Score. 21 pages. Published by Juan Carlos Guerra Gonzalez (S0.78403).
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Tres Canciones de Alfredo Espino (High Voice Solo)
Composed by Juan Carlos Guerra Gonzalez. Contemporary Classical, World, Mother’s Day, Recital. 24 pages. Published by Juan Carlos Guerra Gonzalez (S0.173075).
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Nu Tal (Mi Tierra) – Full Score
Composed by Juan Carlos Guerra González. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Post-Romantic. Score. 44 pages. Published by Juan Carlos Guerra Gonzalez (S0.229327).



Alongside with music, I have a passion for Photography. I began my journey with a digital photography course I took in 2008. Recently, my interest in exploring new arts and hobbies led me back to photography. 

In photography, I am just the person who captures the moment but the subjects in those moments are the one who matters. The memories, colors, expressions, and emotions. Music, that can be framed, printed or enjoyed online.

I invite you to join my photography journey. Follow me on intagram at jc.composer