José Manuel Lezcano is Professor of Music at Keene State College (KSC), where he teaches guitar, directs the Guitar Orchestra and Latin Ensemble. He was twice nominated and a semifinalist for a Grammy for his work on the compact disk, “Remembrances/Recuerdos,” in 2007 in two categories. A later release, “Crosscurrents,” recorded on the North/South label, and featuring “Tango Overture” for string orchestra, was described as “a dance in a dream that sweeps away restrictions and sweeps away the dreamer.” Selected two times as the New Hampshire Educators’ Commissioned Composer, Lezcano is also a Fulbright scholar as well as the recipient of the KSC Distinguished Research Award.
Lezcano earned degrees from Peabody Conservatory (BM), the University of South Carolina (MM) and Florida State University, where he received a terminal degree in music theory. Most recently, he received a 2016 Ewing Arts Award from the Keene Sentinel, in recognition of his distinguished career and contributions to the arts in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.