Performance Samples

Click to listen to Lawrence perform an excerpt from Concierto de Aranjuez:


Larry Aynesmith - Gigue, BWV 997, J.S. Bach from Larry Aynesmith on Vimeo.

Photos and Reviews

Larry, you may use my quote. You play very well.”
– Amalia Ramirez, Director of Ramirez Guitars, Spain

“This festive audience demanded an encore and left delighted and humming with appreciation.”
– Ernie Grossman, Lake Tahoe Music Festival

“Never before has this old house reveled in such golden threads of melody as Larry’s music penetrated the very core of its fabric. Larry shall surely grace Thunderbird Lodge many times hence.”
– Bill Watson, Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, Inc.

"Your music is so good it gives me shivers."
Linda Adkins, Tahoe TV

“Lawrence Smith is the finest Classical Guitarist we have heard in the Reno / Tahoe area. It was a pleasure
hearing him perform.”

– Dr. and Mrs. William Feltner, Reno, NV

“Great job Larry! Bravo!”
– Denis Azabagic,
International Award Winning Classical Guitarist

“Your playing is beautiful.”
– Comedian Andy Dick

“Larry plays with great energy and has something to communicate.”
– Jeremy Jouve, Guitar Foundation of America International Competition Winner

"Larry's elegant performance was full of genuine expression, a good sense of stylistic practice, and a relaxed technique that communicated a vivid experience of the music he presented."
– Jon Mendle, Classical Guitarist who has toured with Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

“Your contribution to our concert was absolutely spectacular. All of us extend our profound thanks.”
– Charlotte S. Tucker,
Carson City Symphony

“Larry's music is beautiful. The sound of his classical guitar blended wonderfully with the beauty of Lake Tahoe. Larry is a true professional, who is exactly where he needs to be when he needs to be, providing a rich background to a special event.”

– Sharon Decker, wedding event at Lake Tahoe

Award Winning Classical Guitarist

- #1 Classical Artist from over 42,000 entries, September 2013, First Internet Classical Music Charts
- Nevada Artist Fellowship Honorable Mention Award
Artistic Director, Classical Gala West (

“I enjoyed Larry's performance and I can highly recommend him for concert engagements.”
– Victor Villadangos, one of the world's foremost Classical Guitarists, Argentina

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Lawrence Smith
P.O. Box 18971
Reno, NV 89511
Phone: (775) 338-1671

Lawrence Smith received a Nevada Artist Fellowship Honorable Mention Award. He has appeared on ABC Television and National Public Radio. He performs as a solo artist, in ensembles, and in symphony performances and concertos. Lawrence has performed in master classes for many of the world's leading leading classical guitarists including Roland Dyens, Victor Villadangos, and Marc Teicholz.

Lawrence received an M.M. in Music from Butler University and advanced studies at Indiana University. For twenty years he was publisher and editor of an academic press lauded by awards such as the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. He is also an award winning published poet. Lawrence founded the Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival, SF Bay Guitar Festival, and Classical Gala West. See for info. Lawrence performs on a Kenny Hill New Century classical guitar.

Works in progress, check this website for availability and sound clips.
Forthcoming 2023 and beyond, look for ambitious new projects both including and expanding from Classical Guitar.

Woodside Village Church, Woodside, California
First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto, California
All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, California
Wells Fargo Auditorium, University of Nevada, Reno
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California
Carnegie Music Hall
Shakespeare Stage at Sand Harbor, Incline Village, Nevada
Thunderbird Lodge, Incline Village, Nevada
Ehrman Mansion, Lake Tahoe
Reno Buddhist Center
Tahoe TV, South Lake Tahoe, California
Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, Nevada
Squaw Valley Chapel, Olympic Valley, California
Squaw Valley Resort, Olympic Valley, California
Brewery Arts Center, Carson City, Nevada
Cal-Neva Resort, Frank Sinatra Showroom, Crystal Bay, Nevada
Lake Tahoe Music Festival
Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival, Olympic Valley, California
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, Nevada
Laxalt Auditorium, University of Nevada, Reno
Galena Regional Park, Reno, Nevada
Rotary Club, Tahoe City, California
Sparks Victorian Square Plaza, Sparks, Nevada
Reno Artown Festival, Reno, Nevada
SF Bay Classical Guitar Festival, Woodside, California
Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema, Tahoe City, California
Private Event, Carnelian Bay, California
The Promenade, Reno, Nevada
Chamber of Commerce, Reno, Nevada
Trinity Episcopal Church, Reno, Nevada
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church , Incline Village, Nevada
Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, Nevada
Reno First Methodist Church, Reno, Nevada
Montreux, Reno, Nevada
Americana Music Festival, Wingfield Park, Reno, Nevada
South Reno Rotary Club, Reno, Nevada
Carson City Chamber Singers, Carson City, Nevada
Private Events, Incline Village, Nevada
Sierra Star, Special Events, Incline Village, Nevada
Yoga Studio, Reno, Nevada
Copeland Arts Center, Minden, Nevada
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Walnut Creek, California
Reno First Congregational Church, Reno, Nevada
North Lake Tahoe Arts Center, Tahoe City, California
Private and Special Events, Tahoe City, California
Tahoe Gal Paddlewheel Boat, South Lake Tahoe, California
Piper's Opera House, Virginia City, Nevada
The Glen, Grand Opening, Incline Village, Nevada
Carson Valley United Methodist Church, Gardnerville, Nevada
Mark Twain Cultural Center, Incline Village, Nevada
Hope Lutheran Church, South Lake Tahoe, California
St. Theresa Catholic Church, South Lake Tahoe, California
Reno/Tahoe International Film Festival, Incline Village, Nevada
First Methodist Church, Carson City, Nevada
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Incline Village, Nevada
Northwest Indiana Symphony, Merrilville, Indiana
Northwest Indiana Arts Association, Hammond, Indiana
Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
Clowes Hall, Butler University , Indianapolis, Indiana
Carson City Symphony