Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Mariachi Studies

Board Members

Juan Soto

Secretary

At a very young age, Juan was drawn to the graceful lines, and alluring sound of stringed instruments.

Master Craftsmen such as Amati, Guarneri, Stradivari, and others created instruments that allowed composers and musicians to expand their creative boundaries, and take music to a higher level of technical excellence.

This musical excellence inspired Juan to learn the different techniques of making and restoration of instruments, to contribute in part to the perpetuation of the arts.Juan Soto grew up in Guatemala, Central America. He got a Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting in Guatemala in 1983; in 1984 he received a scholarship which allowed him to attend Pan-American University in the City of Edinburg, Texas to continue his education in Business Administration.

Juan Soto grew up in Guatemala, Central America. He got a Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting in Guatemala in 1983; in 1984 he received a scholarship which allowed him to attend Pan-American University in the City of Edinburg, Texas to continue his education in Business Administration.

Mr. Soto moved to California in 1989, and since 1991 he studied and learned from Robert Cauer, the necessary techniques for instrument repair and restoration. He routinely works on some of the most valuable and famous instruments in the world, including the works of Stradivari, Guarneri, Tourte, and Sartory. Many world-class soloist and players from major orchestras entrust their priceless instruments and bows to his talents.In 2009 he started a part-time repairs and restoration business in Las Vegas, since April 2014 he moved permanently to Las Vegas offering a full-service shop: Sales, Rentals, Repairs and Restorations of all stringed instruments.

In 2009 he started a part-time repairs and restoration business in Las Vegas, since April 2014 he moved permanently to Las Vegas offering a full-service
shop: Sales, Rentals, Repairs and Restorations of all stringed instruments.