I had a great time performing in Virginia in September!
Yolit Yospe-Kachlon and I collaborated to bring an evening of flamenco guitar music and dance to St Peter's Episcopal Church in Port Royal, VA on Sept 15th. I opened the concert with solo flamenco guitar, including compositions by Rafael Riqueni, Paco de Lucia, and Niño de Pura. Yolit joined me in the second half for Tangos and Alegrias de Cadiz. Attendance was excellent, the audience was a lot of fun, and we loved bringing flamenco to Port Royal for very possibly the first time ever.
I also had a great time opening for and hearing Fado Nosso at Balliceaux, as well as catching up with some former students at a solo gig at Cafe Caturra.
My next trip to the states is tentatively planned for July 2016, and we are in the early stages of planning VCU's next flamenco festival, early November 2016.
I am a classical and flamenco guitarist from Richmond, Virginia (USA) currently living in Seville, Spain. I teach private guitar lessons to students in Seville and guitar lessons online to students anywhere in the world in the following styles: classical guitar, flamenco guitar, guitar for children (6 and up), and guitar for adults. Lessons can be taught in English or Spanish and can take place in my studio or in the home of the student. Click below for more info:
Classical and Flamenco Guitar
teacher and performER
"I have been teaching guitar for almost ten years and have plenty of success with adult beginners (thirties through retirement). Contrary to popular myth, you do not have to start playing as a child to become an excellent musician and to really enjoy your instrument. If you are starting later in life, some things – learning new patterns of thought and movement – may be more challenging. But other things, especially the discipline and self-awareness that comes with being older, will work to your advantage. "
Alegrías con Yolit in Port Royal, Sept 15th
Fado Nosso at Balliceaux, Sept 9th
Vocals were recorded by JuanMi Guzmán of TabacoRecord (Seville, Spain). Guitar, percussion, and trumpet were recorded by Lance Koehler of Minimum Wage Studios (Richmond, VA, USA). Mix and master also by Minimum Wage Studios.
Soy guitarrista clásica y flamenca de Richmond, Virgina (USA), y vivo en Sevilla, España. Imparto clases particulares de guitarra a alumnos de Sevilla y clases de guitarra por internet a alumnos en todo el mundo in estos estilos: guitarra clásica, guitarra flamenca, guitarra para niños (de seis años en adelante), y guitarra para adultos. Se pueden dar clases en inglés o español, y en el estudio de la profesorra o del estudiante. Más información aquí:
en mi estudio (Macarena) o a domicilio
In March 2013, I launched my Kickstarter Project Guitarra Flamenca to fund one year of flamenco study and composition in Seville, Spain. Thanks to over 200 backers, the project was successful, and that one year has turned into an indefinite stay in Seville and full-time pursuit of flamenco.
One of Guitarra Flamenca's main projects and backer rewards was to record an album of flamenco music that I learned and composed during my first year in Seville. I recorded this album in summer 2014 with singer Daniel Azcarate, trumpet player Mary Lawrence Hicks, and percussionist Ian Browning. "Albores" was released in March exclusively to Guitarra Flamenca backers. Listen to clips from the album here!
Richmond, Virginia, USA
I recently wrote this article especially for adult guitar students to help them take advantage of the strengths that come with being older and wiser, and to help them address the challenges that adult students commonly face.
Lesson Reviews from Current and Former Students
“Leah Kruszewski is an exceptional guitar teacher. I wanted to learn to play guitar since I was a teenager, and feel so fortunate to have found her. She always kept such a positive attitude, with great patience for an adult learner. Every lesson was fun; and included a bit of technique, new pieces of music with increasing complexity, and a little music theory. It was the perfect pace for me. I continue to play most every day, and look forward to starting lessons with Leah online.”
-Sharon, adult guitar student
“I always look forward to my weekly lessons with Leah. She is a great teacher who makes learning the guitar fun. Leah is patient and always willing to work with me until I learn the correct way to play a note or a piece of music. She uses all kinds of music to help me learn new concepts and will play with me so I get a feel for the music. I really like learning to play guitar with Leah!”
-Keaton, age 11
“Leah is a remains my daughter’s all-time favorite guitar teacher. She is professionally trained and enjoys working with children. As a parent, I knew she was providing sufficient structure, while also maintaining a warm and supportive learning environment. Leah has my highest recommendation.”
"Our daughter’s first guitar teacher was Leah Kruszewski. She brought her passion for guitar and teaching to every lesson. She was able to bring the most out of Kinga, inspiring her to practice, memorize songs as well as overcome some of her shyness and perform both solo and with Leah before an audience."
"During the year I took lessons with Leah I came to admire her patience, attention to detail and professionalism. In addition to these fine attributes, she also has a great deal of personal talent, musical knowledge and the ability to motivate her students to do their best. I especially appreciated her knack for diagnosing technical problems and giving clear instructions on how I could overcome them. She inspired me to continue my studies and enjoyment of playing the guitar."
-Susan, adult guitar student
"My daughter was fortunate to have Leah Kruszewski as her guitar teacher in Richmond Virginia for four years. Leah is such an exceptional musician and a wonderful teacher. She is able to take a beginning guitar player, patiently teach them fundamental guitar skills, and then progress them to master challenging classical guitar pieces. Her teaching technique motivated my daughter to want to consistently practice her guitar, be eager to learn, and become a more skillful musician. It was amazing to see the progress each week!"
-K. Travers, parent