the New Millennium Guitar Magazine as "a superb guitarist as well as a first-rate
composer and arranger," twice grammy-nominated musician José Manuel
Lezcano has captivated audiences on four continents. His programs featuring traditional
and Latin American repertory, and his own 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.
Born in Havana,
Cuba in 1960, Lezcano was invited to join the faculty of Keene State College in
New Hampshire in 1991, where he is Professor of Music and teaches courses in guitar,
music theory, and Latin American music. He earned degrees from Peabody Conservatory
(BM), University of South Carolina (MM), and Florida State University (Ph.D. music
theory). Dr. Lezcano's own Guitar Concerto (2004), has received critical acclaim.
Fanfare Magazine wrote, "Colorfully scored ... agreeable music, and dashingly
performed by the composer." Dr. Lezcano has performed his concerto with the
Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Peru, and orchestras in Ecuador, Colombia, and New
Hampshire. In 2008, Lezcano's work on the CD "Remembrances/Recuerdos"
was nominated for two Grammys, for "Best soloist with orchestra," and
"Best contemporary composition." Dr. Lezcano has earned numerous awards,
including first prize in the MTNA National Guitar Competition, the NH State Arts
Council Individual Artist Fellowship, NHMTA Composer of the Year (2002 & 07),
KSC Distinguished Research Award, and a Fulbright Award to Ecuador where he performed
as orchestral soloist and pursued research on indigenous guitar traditions. Jose's
scholarly publications include Latin American Music Review, Soundboard, and the
Latino Encyclopedia. He has lectured throughout the state for the NH Humanities
Council on Ecuadorean Indian guitar traditions, rituals, and mythology.
is a multi-stylistic, improvising mandolinist, composer/arranger, and teacher in
the Boston area. As an international clinician he has taught in Italy, Germany,
Canada, England, and the Czech Republic. He has performed with some of the leading
figures in today’s revival of this most elegant instrument, including Carlo
Aonzo, Roland White, Matt Flinner, Butch Baldassari, Bill Keith and Marilynn Mair.
His work as an improviser, interpreter, composer and arranger bridges contemporary
classical music, jazz, bluegrass, folk music traditions, and the historical concert
Watters teaches at Berklee College
of Music, where he is an Associate Professor of Ear Training. In addition to founding
the Berklee New Acoustic Music Ensemble and other original curricular offerings
addressing the needs of improvising string players, Prof. Watters has taught Berklee
classes in harmony, composition, and arranging, as well as private mandolin lessons.
He is also an Emmy award-winning arranger, with dozens of studio credits as arranger,
orchestrator and conductor for television and film music. Prof. Watters is also
founder of Boston Mandolins, the New England Mandolin Ensemble, and Cape Cod Mandolin
Camp. He holds a Masters of Music Education from Boston University, and a Bachelor’s
of Music from Berklee College, majoring in Jazz Composition and Arranging.
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