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Teacher Specialties: Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar

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I believe one of the greatest gifts we can give is to share our knowledge and expertise to develop the next generation of musicians. There is nothing more rewarding than to see a hard-working student master a technique and develop their skills.

I am very passionate and I get a great deal of energy and satisfaction in helping individuals who really want to learn.  I am patient and supportive.  What I ask in return is that students show a willingness to learn by practicing.  Music, like any other subjects, requires the time dedication to acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to succeed.  Music is like sport, if you want to be good at it you need to have the willpower to practice and get better all the time. Winning at a sport takes hard work, mastering an instrument needs the same dedication and passion.

I was born in Havana Cuba.  My musical influences came from my father who was a guitarist. I started to study classical guitar when I was 11 in Cuba’s best academies. I graduated from Institute Superior Of Arts with a degree in Classical Guitar. In 1990 I moved to Toronto, formed a Latin Fusion band, started to compose and arrange original material.  I recorded 4 critically acclaimed CDs and soon will release a 5th.  Love classical, Jazz, Brazilian & Cuban music and good music in general. I have performed at all major Canadian Jazz Festivals, recorded & performed w/ 14 Grammy award winner Paquito d’Rivera.  I taught individual classes and led small to large orchestras at Toronto’s Humber College. Many of the students are now well-recognized award-winning professional musicians.

I am also co-owner of Bloom Restaurant,  a Nuevo Latino establishment in Toronto, Canada.  It’s a very warm and welcoming place that features Latin America fusion cuisine with a North American twist. It was always a dream of mine to own a successful little restaurant and see the happy faces of satisfaction in our guests as well as reading the amazing reviews.   I am also learning as much as I can about wines from around the world and maybe someday I will complete the Sommelier course.


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Jackie J

Luis is one of the most talented, professional, and organized teachers I’ve ever had! Highly recommend taking lessons with him!