Joaquín Farias, Ph.D., M.S., M.A.
Professor Farias has served as a coach
to Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Philips and Emi artists, many
who have won innumerable awards including Grammys, leading them in
their recoveries from Focal Dystonia and a number of other practice
As technical advisor to world-reknowned
musicians he has brought them back to performance levels.
Dr.Farias is a researcher in the field
of neuroplasticity uncovering and publishing new information which
has led to his being able to develop new training procedures which
boost the learning experience in musicians.
Professor Farias is one of the few
European specialists focussing on Occupational Health and Safety in musical performance.
Presently he is professor of ergonomics
at the Conservatorio de Música de Sevilla and is
collaborating in a resarch program with the
Kinesiology Unit at the School of Medicine at the University of
In adition he has been guest professor
at the Tokyo University, Berklee College of Music Boston, State university of New York, Norwegian Academy of Music, Royal
Conservatory of Music Toronto and Helsinki Conservatory.
Formerly he has been ergonomic adviser
to the Orquesta Nacional de España, and professor of ergonomics at
Barenboim-Said Foundation at Universidad Internacional de Andalucía
and at the Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears. He
has also been director of doctoral theses at the Universidad de
With a background in music from
Granada, Madrid, Utrecht and Oxford, Dr.Farias completed his graduate
studies in Piano, Flute, Chamber music, Music theory and Voice
(Advanced Diploma in singing performance).
Doctor summa cum laude from the School
of Medicine at the Universidad de Cádiz
Master's in Neuropsychological rehabilitation from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla
Master's in Occupational Health and Safety. Ergonomics and
Psychosociology from the Universidad Oberta de Catalunya
Shiatsu therapist trained in Spain, the
United Kingdom and Japan. Black belt in Japanese traditional martial
Member of the Spanish Ergonomics
Society and MENSA International.
Dr.Farias is author of:
Intertwined. How to induce neuroplasticity (Galene Editions,
Playing without Practice (DVD Original
Future Sounds, 2004), a method designed to prevent and treat
musician's Focal Dystonia.
Rebellion of the Body (Galene Editions,
The biomechanics of guitar playing. An
injury prevention guide (Galene Editions, 2010).
Farias J, Yoshie M. Treatment efficacy in an ecologically valid neuropsycological treatment program of 120 professional musicians with focal dystonia. Galene Editions. Amsterdam 2012. I.S.B.N.: 978-84-615-5124-8. Universidad Pablo de Olavide. Seville, Spain. Master’s Thesis.
Farias J. Risk Factors among Orchestral musicians. A Psychosocial intervention program. Rev Seg. 2010, 169, 18-38
Farias Martínez J ,Sarti-Martínez MA. Elite musicians treated by specific fingers motion program to stimulate propiceptive sense. Spanish Society of Anatomy. Alicante (España). Proceedings pag110. Eropean Journal of Anatomy.
Farias Martínez J,Ybáñez García D, Pérez Torres F, and Sarti Martínez, M.A. Risk Factors, Muskuloskeletal Disorders in Elite Flamenco guitar players. EULAR 2005 . Annual European Congress of Rheumatology . Viena. Publication: Ann Rheum Dis 2005; 64 (sup. III).
Farias J, Rosety M, Carrasco C. Prevention and nonsurgical treatment of repetitive strained injuries in Pianists. Universidad de Cadiz-Departamento de ciencias morfológicas. Programa de medicina y ciencias aplicadas al deporte. Doctoral Thesis.
J. Farias, F.J. Ordóñez, Manuel Rosety Rodríguez. The influence of the active range of movement of pianist`s wrists on repetitive strain injury. Eur J Anat, 7 (2):75-77 (2003) ISSN: 1136-4890.
F.J. Ordóñez, J. Farias, Manuel Rosety Rodríguez. Anthropometrical analysis of the hand as a repetitive strain injury predictive method in pianists. It. Anat. Embryol Vol 107, n 4:225-231.2002. ISSN: 1122-6714.
Farias J. Evaluation of psychosocial risk among Orchestral musicians. Implementation of a psychosocial intervention program targeting musicians affected by focal dystonia. Universidad Oberta de Catalunya. Master’s thesis