Lazhar Cherouana was born in Vienne, France, in 1988 and is Franco-Algerian. His classical guitar career began at age six with lessons from Professor Raphael Vaccaro at the Municipal School of Vienna in Austria.
Lazhar went on to study with well-known Peruvian artist and Professor Jesus Castro-Balbi at the National Conservatory of Lyon (France), from which he graduated with a gold medal degree awarded by unanimous vote. His studies then continued at the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music, from which he graduated with honors.
Lazhar has won top prizes in many prestigious competitions including the National Guitar Competition of Ceyzériat (France), José Tomás-Villa de Petrer International Guitar Competition(Spain), Elche Guitar Festival (Spain) and many others, as well as earning the Andrés Segovia Award at the International Universitary Courses “Música en Compostela” (Spain).
Most recently Lazhar took first prize in the 2012 Michele Pittaluga Competition for which he was awarded the D’Addario Performance Series prize. Lazhar is making his debut at Carnegie Hall, in New York and in the United States with this performance.