Throughout his career, Mr. Vargas has
studied with many internationally known musicians. Among
them are Jose Manuel Roman, Richard Young, Gerard Causee,
Li-Kuo Chang, James Dunham, Michael Tree, Earl Carlyss, and
the Penderecki, Vermeer and Emerson string quartets.
He is currently a member of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy® Awards organization), as well as an adjudicator for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and a member of the board of directors of the Hugo Kauder Society and advisor for their International Music Competition. He is, also, an adjudicator for the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition to be held at the MTNA National conference in Chicago, IL. Other teaching positions include the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany and the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado, USA.
With the Euclid Quartet he was awarded
the Bronze Medal at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition
in 2005, the Grand Prize at the Hugo Kauder International Music Competition at
in 2004 and second place at the Chamber Music Yellow Spring
Competition in Ohio in 2003. Relevant performances with the Euclid
Quartet include venues such as Izumi Hall In Osaka, Japan,
Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City
and Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival.
He was a member of the Cuarteto America
(1995-1999) with which he performed extensively throughout Venezuela
and in Luxembourg, Germany, Colombia, Mexico, Canada and the United
States. With the Cuarteto he attended international music festivals
such as Norfolk (CT), Great Lakes (MI), Round Top (TX), and attended
the International Music Symposium "Strings of the Future" in Ottawa,
Canada in 1997.
With the orchestras of "El Sistema,"
namely the Lara Symphony and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, he
performed in multiple tours to
France over the span of 9 yeas. With the
Simon Bolivar Orchestra he recorded "Latino-American Lollipops" a
compilation of Latino-American masterpieces under Dorian Label.
With the euclid Quartet he recorded the entire Bela Bartok string quartet series under Artek Label in two discs released in 2010 and 2013. He also recorded the string quartets of the Viennese composer Hugo Kauder under Centaur Records.