Guitarist Esteban’s passion and explosive style of playing is a must-see live performance; each concert is truly a unique experience. Together with his daughter, violinist Teresa Joy, they weave a beautiful mosaic of music that ranges from classical and flamenco to the golden age of rock and roll.
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Esteban is one of the few remaining classically trained students of the virtuoso guitarist Andrés Segovia. Born Stephen Paul in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Esteban began teaching himself guitar when he was eight years old. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University where he majored in guitar and English literature, Esteban spent four years studying with Segovia intermittently in Spain, where the young guitarist immersed himself in flamenco clubs and Spanish classical music. After receiving an endorsement from Segovia in 1978, Esteban returned to the United States and began touring. One year later, he was hit by a speeding drunk driver and lost the ability to play guitar because of damage to his left arm and hand. By 1990, through dedication and his love of music, Esteban regained the ability to play.
Since then, Esteban has topped the Billboard charts with his numerous albums, videos, and DVDs. He has been on the front page of the Wall Street Journal for his famous appearances and record-setting album sales on the Home Shopping Network and was featured in a People magazine article. He created a musical instrument division for affordable, quality guitars, and one his big dreams has come true: hundreds of thousands of children and adults who never played before are now playing music.
Violinist Teresa Joy began her career at age four. By age twelve, Joy had performed at Carnegie Hall with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, at the Heritage Square Concert Series for Accomplished Suzuki Violin Students, and, regularly, with the Arizona Metropolitan Youth Symphony. She made her recording debut at age fifteen with Esteban on his Billboard chart-topping Christmas album, What Child Is This? Since 2004, she has toured the country and performed live on television with Esteban, notably in the PBS special Flame Flamenco and Romance, and recorded over a dozen albums with Esteban. Joy finds herself at home on the stage, learning new things about herself every time she plays.