Continued: Guitar festival
Described by The New York Times as “cultivated and musical,” Stephen Aron has established himself at the center of the American classical guitar scene. His first solo CD, “Sketches,” features the first recordings of works by Ned Rorem and David Bernstein. He has adjudicated and produced numerous national and international competitions. He has given lectures, performed and taught master classes at six GFA Conventions, the Boston Conservatory Guitar Festivals, the Stetson International Guitar Festivals, the Yale University Guitar Extravaganza, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the East Carolina University Guitar Festival, the Alexandria Guitar Festival, the Rosario Guitar Festivals, the Eastern Tennessee Guitar Festival and more.
In addition to his post as professor of music and chairman of guitar studies at the University of Akron (since 1981), Aron is teacher of classical guitar and founder of the classical guitar studies program at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (since 1991).
Described by the New Millennium Guitar magazine as “a superb guitarist as well as a first-rate composer and arranger,” José Lezcano has captivated audiences on four continents. This USC alumnus has programs featuring traditional and Latin American repertoire. His original compositions have taken him as recitalist, collaborative musician and concerto soloist from Carnegie Recital Hall and the North-South Consonance Series in New York City to major venues and festivals in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic and Germany.
Lezcano has won several awards, including first prize in the 1982 MTNA National Guitar Competition; the 1998 Fulbright Award in Ecuador to teach, perform, and research indigenous guitar traditions; 2002 Commissioned Composer of the Year (New Hampshire Music Teacher's Association); 2003 Keene State College’s Award for