Lawrence Ferrara has the distinction of being the first guitarist to receive a masters degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included Julian Bream, George Sakellariou, and Michael Lorimer.
An active teacher himself, Mr. Ferrara heads the guitar program at the University of California at Berkeley. He also serves on the faculties of City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
He has performed major recitals in San Francisco, Toronto, Barcelona, Sydney, Los Angeles, and at the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. Mr. Ferrara has given concerts at numerous university and college campuses. He has performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Bay Chamber Symphony, the Classical Philharmonic and the San Francisco Conservatorys Chamber Orchestra, and New Music Ensemble.
Among many awards, Mr. Ferrara was twice prize winner at the 1977-78 Carmel Classic Guitar Competition and received special recognition at the Toronto Guitar 78 International Competition. He has also served on the Music Advisory Panel to the National Endowment of the Arts.
The New York Times described his playing as subtle, intimate and inherently musical, and called him an excellent musician. The San Francisco Chronicle said, Ferrara has an exceptional style, pure and sweet, rhythmically precise yet supple . . . . playing everything with elegant grace and a notably serious feeling for introspection.