Juan García-Herreros, also known by his stage name "Snow Owl", is a Colombian born world-renowned electric bassist. With his special instrument, a six-string Contra Bass Guitar, he has performed with world famous stars of all genres - including several Grammy / Oscar award winners and nominees. For his own music, he has been honored with numerous prestigious awards. His work and virtuosity with the Contra Bass Guitar has been received with the highest recognition from international Bass and Music publications.
Juan García-Herreros was born in Bogotá, Colombia. His first musical studies began with the Flute at age 9, after moving to New York City with his family. His family relocated to Dunedin, Florida where he attended middle school and discovered the electric bass. Though his family was unable to afford private lessons, his passion for learning took over, pushing him to become a self-taught musician. Juan was only 16 when he began to teach Music Theory and Jazz Performance at Dunedin High School in Florida.
His high school band teacher, recognizing Juan’s innate musical gift, encouraged him to study acoustic bass so that he could become part of the symphonic band in school. Juan’s dedication - playing and mastering both acoustic and electric bass, paid off when he auditioned and was accepted as part of the Tampa Bay Symphony, at just 17 years of age.
At the same time he competed in New Orleans during the Berklee College of Music Scholarship Tour and received one of the coveted awards, enabling him to attend the prestigious school in Boston. His instructors included world-renowned bass gurus Bruce Gertz, Joe Santerre, Rich Appleman and Oscar Stagnaro.
At age 21, he returned to New York City to pursue a professional music career. Surrounded by a diversity of musical styles, Juan was able to quickly adapt his skills to all music formats whether Jazz, Pop, Funk, Salsa, straight-ahead Rock, Modern, Classical, Heavy Metal, or Avant-Garde, without compromising the integrity of his own unique sound.
Over the years Juan has performed and collaborated with numerous musical stars - several Grammy award winners and nominees. His own music has been honored with a number of prestigious awards. His work and virtuosity on the Electric Contrabass Guitar has received the highest recognition from international bass and music publications.
Juan now resides in Vienna, Austria where he has been living since he was 26 years old.
Juan Garcia Herreros plays Infeld e-bass strings by Thomastik-Infeld Vienna