Lawrence Ferrara

Lawrence Ferrara

Lecturer Faculty
Classical Guitar
Email: lferrara@sfsu.edu
Location: Creative Arts Building Room 153

Guitarist Lawrence Ferrara has taught and concertized throughout the United States, Spain, Australia, Toronto, and at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. He is acclaimed by the New York Times with “his way with the guitar is subtle, intimate and inherently musical” and praised by the San Francisco Chronicle: “Ferrara has an exceptional style, pure and sweet, rhythmically precise yet supple... playing everything with elegant grace and a notably serious feeling for introspection.” Lawrence Ferrara was a twice prize winner at the Carmel Classic Guitar Competition, served on the Music Advisory Panel to the National Endowment of the Arts and won the California Virtual Campus (CVC) Award, "Best Online Teaching Website", for his course on Music Appreciation. He has performed with members of the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Bay Chamber Symphony, the Classical Philharmonic, Vallejo and Folsom Symphonies, and the San Francisco Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble.

Lawrence Ferrara has the distinction of being the first guitarist to receive a master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included George Sakellariou and master classes with Julian Bream. A committed educator himself, in addition to teaching guitar at San Francisco State University, Ferrara teaches guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and full time at City College of San Francisco. He is the author and performer of a sequence of music books titled “The Student Repertoire Series for Guitar, Vol. 1 and 2”, with accompanying CDs, published by Guitar Solo of San Francisco. He also has a solo CD of “American Guitar Works” under the VGo label. Lawrence Ferrara, has been coached by renowned composers such as Eliot Carter, Ned Rorem, and while a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, by composer John Adams. 

Focus: Classical Guitar