Juan Antonio Pena
Adjunct Professor, Classical Guitar
Born in Havana, Cuba. Juan Antonio earned a Cum Laude BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in classical guitar performance in 2014 and a Master of Music Degree at FAU in 2016, also in the area of classical guitar performance, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Keaton. Currently, he is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Classical Guitar Performance at the University of Miami.
Recognized early in his life for his musical talent, Juan Antonio was chosen to start his guitar studies at the Cuban National Conservatory of Music and at the Superior Institute of Art which are internationally recognized as a premier music schools responsible for producing all of the finest musicians out of Cuba in both the classical and jazz worlds. In 1989, upon graduating from the Cuban National Conservatory of Music he was immediately offered the position of teaching classes in Music Theory and History of Music at the Conservatory. Simultaneous with his teaching, Juan Antonio began his graduate studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte under the tutelage of Victor Pelligrini. He also took Master Classes with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, and Eli Kassner. He won several national competitions, was a member of the Guitar Ensemble of Havana, and was a solo concert guitarist with the National Concert Association of Cuba.
In 1996 he arrived in the United States, performing as a soloist and in ensembles. From 1997 to 1999 he was signed by Radisson Seven Seas Cruise Line as a classical guitarist. From 2005 to 2007 he performed at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Coconut Grove. During the last fifteen years he has been Resident Musician at the Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables. Currently, he also performs at the St, Regis Hotel in Bal Harbour
Mr. Pena worked as graduate assistant in the Department of Music, bringing perspective both as a student and professional performer. He assists with guitar chamber ensembles, with the Florida Atlantic University Symphony Orchestra and with the Music Appreciation courses. In addition, he maintains an active professional performance schedule in the region both as a soloist and in chamber music.
Along with his performance career, he presently teaches at Palm Beach State College. For the last four years I have been actively involved with the Treasure Coast Classical Society in Stuart, Florida, having regular performances, technique workshops, and couching some of the members and their classical guitar ensemble.
Recently, he has performed in collaboration with the soprano Dr. Suzanne Galer, who is also a faculty at the Palm Beach State College.