Mr. Leonard Ranallo

Guitar Teacher

Leonard Ranallo

SAA Member

Contact

Philadelphia, PA
716-946-1413
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Leonard Ranallo, a native of Buffalo, NY, is a multi-instrumentalist whose primary instrument is the guitar (classical and steel string). Ranallo began his music studies at age eight on the French horn, and gained an affinity for the guitar at age ten. From there he sought to become as musically diverse as possible, delving into rock, folk, blues, and eventually, jazz and classical.

Ranallo began classical guitar study at the Amherst School of Guitar with Mir Ali in 2011. The very next year, at the age of seventeen, took First Prize at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Young Musicians Scholarship, making his professional orchestral debut performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012, Ranallo was awarded the Amherst Symphony Scholarship and the Eric Laufer Music Scholarship to attend Oberlin Conservatory where he became the recipient of the Donald Havas Memorial Scholarship in 2013, as well as the Conservatory Dean’s Talent Award and the J. A. Demuth Scholarship in 2013 and 2014. Ranallo was a finalist in the James Stroud All-Ohio Classical Guitar Competition in 2014.

In addition to his guitar studies with Mir Ali, James Piorkowski and jazz guitarist Robert Ferazza, Ranallo has also participated in master classes with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, SoloDuo, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Michael Newman, Marc Teicholz, Raphaella Smits, Patrick Kearney, Benjamin Verdery, and Grisha Goryachev.

As a composer, Ranallo has been awarded high honors from the Canisius College Composition Competition for his piece for horn quartet titled “Jason and the Argonauts” in 2011, and for his string orchestral work “Meteora” in 2012. In addition, “Meteora” was performed and recorded by the Sweet Home Symphony Orchestra in 2012. Sweet Home High School is Ranallo’s Alma Mater. Ranallo currently studies composition at Oberlin Conservatory through the secondary lessons department.

In the summer of 2012, Ranallo completed the Every Child Can course and received his Book 1 certification for Suzuki Guitar at the Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute, PA, with teacher-trainer Andrea Cannon. He is currently on the summer faculty of the Amherst School of Guitar teaching both Suzuki and traditional lessons in individual and group settings. Ranallo was recently invited to be an adjudicator at the Rantucci Guitar Festival 2014 held in Buffalo, New York.

Ranallo holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Guitar Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied under Stephen Aron.Since first picking up the instrument at age ten, guitarist and composer Leonard Ranallo has dedicated much of his life to music. Ranallo, a native of Buffalo, NY, is a multi-instrumentalist whose primary instrument is the guitar. (Classical and steel string)

Ranallo began his musical studies at age eight on the french horn and eventually gained an affinity for the guitar at age ten. From there he sought to become as musically diverse as possible, delving into rock, folk, blues, and eventually, jazz and classical. He began classical guitar study at the Amherst School of Guitar with Mir Ali in 2011. He has also studied with leading classical guitarists such as James Piorkowski and Stephen Aron as well as jazz guitarist Robert Ferazza.

As a performer, Ranallo has won both the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Young Musicians Scholarship and the Amherst Symphony Scholarship as well as the Eric Laufer Music Scholarship in 2012. He was also awarded the Donald Havas Memorial Schorlarship from Oberlin Conservatory in 2013.

He has been a featured soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amherst School of Guitar Ensemble and the Sweet Home Chamber Orchestra. He is also a member of the Oberlin Guitar Ensemble where he plays chamber music. Ranallo has participated in masterclasses with leading guitarists such as Marc Teicholz, Raphaella Smits, Mir Ali, and James Piorkowski.

In summer 2012, Ranallo completed the Every Child Can course and received his Book 1 certification for Suzuki Guitar at the Suzuki Institute of Pittsburgh, PA with teacher-trainer Andrea Cannon. He is currently on the faculty of the Amherst School of Guitar as a summer instructor, teaching both suzuki and traditional lessons in individual and group settings.

As a composer, Ranallo has been awarded high honors from the Canisius College Composition Competition for his piece for horn quartet titled “Jason and the Argonauts” in 2011, and for his string orchestral work “Meteora” in 2012. In addition, “Meteora” was performed and recorded by the Sweet Home Symphony Orchestra in 2012, at the request of the conductor.

Ranallo is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music in Guitar Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory studying under Stephen Aron.