Significant teachers and mentors:
My primary teachers have been William Kanengiser, Pepe Romero, Brian Head, Scott Tennant, and Jeffrey Van. I have performed in masterclasses for David Russell, Paul O'Dette, Sharon Isbin, and Roland Dyens. I have been trained and mentored in the Suzuki method by Joseph Pecoraro, David Madsen, Andrea Cannon, MaryLou Roberts, and Alan Johnston.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Success is the greatest motivator. Create a positive and nurturing learning environment that facilitates and celebrates success and you set up a lifelong love of learning.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Joseph has taught on the faculty at Suzuki workshops and institutes, presented at the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) Conference, and organized Suzuki guitar events in California and Wisconsin. He has previously served on the board for the Suzuki Music Association of California and as president of the Suzuki Music Association of California, Los Angeles.
Interests outside of music:
Being outside: running, hiking, and cycling. And traveling.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
I love playing new music by contemporary composers who represent a huge variety of new, interesting, and exciting sounds. I also always find happiness playing the solo guitar music of Heitor Villa Lobos.