Joel Arias was born in Venezuela, and began his early musical training at the age of eight. He studied Keyboard from age 9 and his studies on Horn at the “Sistema de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela” at the age of ten.
During two consecutive periods he was a recipient of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Stipendium, scholarship granted by the German Government to complete his post-graduate studies, perfecting his skills as a soloist with the Valve Horn and the Baroque and Natural Horn with Michael Höltzel at the celebrated “Hochschule für Musik Detmold”. Baroque and Classical Horn with Prof. Ab Koster in die “Hamburg Hochshule für Musik und Theater” (in Germany), with Prof. Javier Bonet in “Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña” (Barcelona-Spain). Master Class with Phill Mayer, Frank Lloyd and Radovan Vlatkoviç.
In 1997, he has named associate professor of the Itinerant Conservatory from the Beracasa Foundation together with the acclaimed French Horn player André Cazalet.
He played as Principal-Horn with the most important Venezuelan Orchestras, Sinfónica de Maracaibo, Filarmónica Nacional, Sinfónica de Venezuela. He has participated also in numerous national and International tours of America and Europe with different Chambers groups and Orchestras. In Germany and others Countries in Europe he performed with the” Maggio Fiorentino”, “Detmolder Hornisten”, “Gran Partita Detmold”, “Orkester des Landestheater Detmold”, “Detmolder Kammerorkester” and “The Czech Chamber Orchestra”.
Mr. Arias is invited to participate in many of the most important Horns Festivals. Appeared regularly in Workshops in Venezuela and others internationals Horn Festivals in Europe (Prague, Germany, Spain, etc.) and Sud-America (Argentine, Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, etc). Special Guest to take part like a Soloist in the renamed Symposium of the International Horn Society: 2004 in Valencia ( Spain), in 2007 Chaux de Fond ( Switzerland), and 2011 in San Francisco ( California, EEUU) .
As a soloist, he performs frequently with the Valve Horn and with others instruments of the Romantic and Classical period. At the same time he continues to teach at the “Mozarteum Caracas” in Venezuela, looking to create a new concept and perception of his instrument by projecting his students within and outside of Venezuela.
He is Jury every year since 2015 to the ENKOR International Music Competition and since 2016 is invited as a Jury to the Competition for Soloist of the Festival Alfredo de Saint Malo.
Presently, he is professor at the Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Panamá, Principal-Horn of the Orquesta “Sinfónica de Venezuela” and Current President of the “Delfino Núñez” Foundation for the Iberoamerican Horn School and Area representative for the International Horn Society.
Contributing Artist for the Instruments ” Stomvi”.
Mr. Arias can teach in German, English, Italian and Spanish.