New Hampshire
Profile Type: Artist
Jose Lezcano

José Manuel Lezcano

Concert guitarist and composer

Professor of Music, Keene State College

As a twice Grammy-nominated guitarist / composer (in two categories: "Best Contemporary Composition"  and "Best soloist with orchestra) Dr. José Lezcano has captivated audiences on four continents. In programs of Spanish, South American and original works, he has appeared in major venues and festivals, including Carnegie Recital Hall, the NYC North-South Consonance Series, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Spain, Portugal, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, China, Germany, Crete, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic as recitalist, collaborative artist, and concerto soloist.  As Professor of Music at Keene State College, Dr. José Lezcano teaches and coordinates the guitar program, and courses in Latin American music.  His guitar students have been frequent winners of the College's highest awards and scholarships.  He has been a frequent guest artist at numerous chamber music series in New England, including Apple Hill, Electric Earth, Wisteria, Portland Chamber Music Festival, and Athaneum concerts in Portsmouth, NH.    Described  by Fanfare Magazine as "an excellent guitarist as well as an imaginative composer," Jose has earned numerous professional recognitions, including first prize in the MTNA National Guitar Competition, the NHSAC Individual Artist Fellowship, NHMTA Composer of the Year (twice), KSC Distinguished Research Award, and a Fulbright Award to Ecuador.

Jose’s educational workshops have included school residencies (Claremont School District, Henniker Middle School) where he has introduced students to Andean music and performance on panpipes, with Jose on guitar and charango.   A Fulbright Lecture-Research Award to Ecuador and Whiting Grant enabled Jose to pursue and present research on Indigenous guitar traditions at conferences and for the NH Humanities Council and informs his workshops; he continues to present lecture-recitals on the “Guitar In Latin America” for libraries & civic groups throughout the state.  He also frequently includes a clinic on Brazilian and Cuban guitar rhythms to guitarists of all ages, skills, and styles; these clinics prior to his solo concerts have been enthusiastically received. 

He also appears in concert with cellist Rebecca Hartka ( in various themed programs: “From Bach to Brazil”; “From the Bolero to the Tango.”  These programs also include Jose’s original compositions for cello & guitar, including his critically acclaimed Sonata, and Key West Suite. 

Jose has also performed at Bach Festivals in North Carolina and in Gorham, New Hampshire, and peforms “Bach, his contemporaries and admirers” with Bach’s Chaconne; Prelude, Fugue, & Allegro, and First Cello Suite, along with works by Scarlatti, Frescobaldi, Villa-Lobos, and Barrios Mangoré. 

Other collaborative duos include programs with pianist Virginia Eskin (Music of Immigrant Communities); harpist Franziksa Huhn (Bards and Troubadors); mezzo Jazmina Macneil (Spanish Nights: Music of Falla, Rodrigo, and songs from Schumann’s Spanischliederbuch); and soprano & musicologist Dr. Patricia Caicedo (Songs of Absence).  All programs include Jose’s original works for these Duos.

Additional Links: 
Jose plays Rodrigo Concerto with NH orchestra
Jose plays original work for guitar, Mojito
Solo recital at An Die Musik in Baltimore, 2015
Jose, with Rebecca Hartka, play music for guitar & cello
Jose and soprano Patricia Caicedo perform Jose's "Tango" from Alfonsina Songs
New York concert with North-South Consonance Orchestra

I Have Worked With

  • October 2019

    10/05/2019.  Concert of Spanish & Latin American music, 8pm.  With Karrie Griffiths, flute; Saul Vera, bandola llanera.  At Kailos Music & Art School, Aventura, 20634 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180. Phone: (305) 933-4777.

    In this concert, I collaborated with flutist Karrie Griffiths in two of my own works for flute & guitar: Sonatina Tropical (1998), and Key West Suite (2013, ed. 2015).  I also performed guitar solos from Latin America.  A highlight of the program was my closing set with Saul Vera, the leading virtuoso of the Bandola Llanera, a folk instrument of Venezuela.  Saul, the founder and director of the Kailos Music Academy in Aventura, Florida, performed in duo with me in three Venezuelan Waltzes by Antonio Lauro and a Venezuelan Pasaje, “Los Caujaritos,” by harpist Ignacio Figueredo.

  • October 2019

    10/06/2019. Concert of Spanish & Latin American music.  Music Club of Hollywood.  At Saint John’s Lutheran, Hollywood, FL.  For more information, contact

    In this program I played solos from  Italy, Spain and Latin America, including works by Scarlatti, Frescobaldi, Lauro, Pernambuco, Lezcano, & others.  Music Club President & pianist Chai Chien performed a duo version of Boccherini's Fandango.  A highlight was Bach’s monumental Chaconne arranged for solo guitar, which I include in a Latin program because the Chaconne’s origins lie in colonial Mexico. (!)

  • October 2019

    10.20.19  Guitar Music of Spain & Latin America.  Westford Parish Center for the Arts, Westford, Mass. Clinic at 2:30 pm on Cuban and Brazilian rhythms: Recital at 4 pm.  In conjunction with the Boston Classical Guitar Society.

    For this recital, I included prior to the performance, a clinic in Brazilian and Cuban guitar rhythms and accompaniment patterns.  A highlight of this program for me was to perform a classic of the avant-garde repertoire, Cuban composer Leo Brouwer’s “The Eternal Spiral.”  The program also included the Bach Chaconne and many works from Spain and Latin America.


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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Guitarist, Educator, Clinician, Composer
Physical Address: 
Jose Lezcano 47 Taylor Street
Keene, NH 03431
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Solo / Recital
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - General
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Music - Chamber
Music - Composition
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional
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General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
People with Disabilities
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Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Portfolio Review
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
Ph.D. Music Theory, Florida State
M.Music, Guitar Performance, Univ. of South Carolina
B.Music, Guitar Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music
Grammy nominee, twice; for work as composer & soloistNew Hampshire State Arts Council Individual Artist FellowshipFulbright Research Award, EcuadorNHMTA Composer of the Year (twice)MTNA National Gtr Competition, 1st Pr.KSC Distinguished Res
New Hampshire Music Educators Commissioned Composer, twice
Fulbright Lecture-Award, 1998
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
New Hampshire Education Roster
New Hampshire Traditional Arts Roster

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
For lecture-recitals, Powerpoint projector, CD player, chair, small table, bottled water, flipboard.
For solo recitals, padded, armless chair.
For performances in halls with poor acoustics, access to electrical outlet for amplification
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State of Residence: 
New Hampshire
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Ph.D. Music Theory, MM and BM Guitar Performance
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