Lezcano, guitarist & composer, Keene
José Manuel Lezcano is Professor of Music at Keene
State College, with a Ph.D. (music theory) from Florida
State University and BM (guitar) from Peabody Conservatory.
His guitar studies were with Aaron Shearer and Christopher
Berg, and he performed in masterclasses of Lorimer, Isbin,
and Leo Brouwer, who called him "un guitarrista magnifico."
Among his numerous awards: first prize, 1982 MTNA National
Guitar Competition; 1998 Fulbright Award in Ecuador to teach,
perform, and research indigenous guitar traditions; 2002
Commissioned Composer of the Year (NH Music Teacher's Association);
2003 Keene State College's Award for Distinction in Research
and Scholarship in recognition of his activities as performer,
scholar, and composer.
has played Carnegie Recital Hall and major festivals in
Rio, Lima, and Quito, and locally with the Granite State
Symphony and Keene Chamber Orchestra in concertos by Rodrigo
and Lezcano. In South America he has been a frequent soloist
with the National Symphony of Ecuador; additional appearances
include the Philharmonics of Loja (Ecuador) and Lima (Peru).
In 1998 he, Bonnie Insull, and Matthew Shubin performed
in Chengdu, China for Apple Hill's "Playing for Peace."
Their CD, "Passports," was released in 1999 to
critical acclaim. He has received additional funding for
research from the Whiting Foundation and KSC, has published
his research in scholarly journals and encyclopedias, and
lectures around the state for the New Hampshire Humanities
Council on the mythical traditions of the indigenous guitar