Anthony LaLena is a versatile young guitarist currently residing in Rochester, New York, where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music. He serves as a teaching assistant for Dr. Nicholas Goluses, lecturing on guitar history, fretboard harmony, pedagogy, and teaches private lessons.
Anthony has performed in the United States and Europe as both a soloist and chamber musician. After a performance by the Fredonia Guitar Quartet at Le Musée de Jouet in Colmar, France, Anthony and his colleagues were hailed as a “remarkable guitar quartet” by the city’s newspaper, L’Alsace. During Anthony’s tenure with the quartet, the ensemble was the inspiration and dedicatee of a work by the late French guitarist and composer, Roland Dyens. Other chamber music projects include performances with his guitar duo, as well as performances with guitar and voice. In addition, Anthony currently performs in Collegium Musicum, an ensemble directed by the eminent lutenist, Paul O’Dette, and violist, Christel Thielmann at the Eastman School of Music.
Anthony's research interests led him to Spain, where he studied plucked-string repertoire of the sixteenth century and nineteenth century guitar history at the Conservatorio de Musica de Manuel Castillo in Seville. Anthony has also studied Baroque performance practice and arrangement with the celebrated harpsichordist, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, at the Manhattan School of Music and currently studies historical plucked strings with Paul O’Dette at the Eastman School of Music.
Anthony actively performs and studies a wide variety of music but takes particular interest in the music of the early twentieth century and contemporary works, and has performed in concerts for the American Composers Alliance in New York City.
He has performed in masterclasses for such distinguished artists as Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, and Eduardo Fernandez. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he was awarded a Performer’s Certificate for demonstrating exceptional musicianship. He also holds a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under the composer and guitarist, Mark Delpriora. Most recently, he has been awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music after completing his first year of doctoral studies. He grew up on Long Island, New York and began his studies in music in New York City with guitarist and lutenist, William Zito.
Anthony has published transcriptions for guitar solo and guitar duo with Seconda Prattica. Videos and recordings can be found on YouTube, as well as under the video tab on this website.