Jeff LaQuatra

(303) 870-4830dividerjeff.laquatra@gmail.comdividerwww.jefflaquatra.com



Instruments & Instruction Offered

Guitar (All Levels and Styles)

 

Lesson Rates

$30 / 30-minute lesson (paid monthly)
Payment is expected at the first lesson of each month.

 

Education & Experience

Master of Music (Guitar Performance) – University of Denver
Bachelor of Music (Guitar Performance) – Cleveland Institute of Music


Experience
Colorado State University – Adjunct Music Professor (2017 – present)
Metropolitan State University of Denver – Professor of Guitar (2006-2017)
Red Rocks Community College – Affiliate Guitar Professor (1998-2016)
Over 25 years of private guitar instruction


Biography
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Jeff LaQuatra has been described as “a guitarist of enormous talent, both musically and technically” (Classical Guitar Magazine). Jeff performs throughout Colorado as a classical guitar soloist, a member of various chamber music ensembles, and as a member of two of Colorado’s most successful and popular rock and roll bands. In 1996, Jeff
was awarded first prize in the Oswald Rantucci Guitar Competition in Buffalo, New York. He has also won top prize in competitions sponsored by The Fortnightly Music Club of Cleveland and The Three Arts Club of Lakewood (Ohio).

An in-demand chamber musician, Jeff has performed as a member of Denver’s Mountain Chamber Music Society and has appeared with the Boulder Philharmonic and Colorado’s Central City Opera. Jeff had the honor of debuting new guitar works including James McGuire’s Suite No. 4 for solo guitar, McGuire’s whimsically–titled prelude LaQuintra for flute and guitar as well as Ricardo Iznaola’s Chanson for soprano and guitar. 2018 will also mark the word- premiere of Bryan Johanson’s Painted Music, a suite of 7 movements based on the paintings of Paul Klee, which was written for Jeff and his fiancée, flutist Michelle Stanley.

In 2002, Iznaola Guitar Works released Jeff’s debut solo recording entitled Twilight: Guitar Music at the End of the Century, which includes world-premiere recordings of works by Ricardo Iznaola, James McGuire and Štěpán Rak. In a review of Twilight, Classical Guitar Magazine’s Steve Marsh stated, “his technical abilities [are] strong enough for him to control every nuance and phrase to perfection. This is a first-class debut album and a name to watch out for.” In 2014, Twilight was included in Enrique Robichaud’s publication Guitar’s Top 100 – A Guide to Classical Guitar’s Most Recorded Music.

Since 2011, Jeff has been a member of Mr. Majestyk’s 8-Track Revival (and his cavalcade of all- stars), a 1970’s tribute band. Performing for sold-out audiences throughout Colorado, MM8TR were privileged to perform at two of Colorado’s most legendary stages, Fiddlers Green Amphitheater and Red Rocks Amphitheater. In 2015, Jeff joined Denver’s Under a Blood Red Sky – The U2 Tribute, recreating the sounds and playing style of U2’s iconic guitarist, The Edge. Recently, Jeff has appeared live and in video with YouTube sensation, Mike Massé, a singer and cover artist whose YouTube channel has over 60 million views.