Faculty Information

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Jose Teppa

  • Music and Entertainment Studies (CAM)

Gonzalo Teppa began to study double bass at a very young age with Professor Luis Guillermo Pérez at the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. In 1995, Teppa studied with Prof. Ludwig Streicher in Santander, Spain. Later, he graduated from the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela with Professor Nestor Blanco. He joined “El Sistema” playing with the Simón Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela with conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Mr. Teppa obtained his Bachelor of Music at The University of Colorado, Boulder with Professor Paul Erhard, followed by his Master of Music in Jazz Studies with Professor Mark Simon. Teppa has performed with: Wynton Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Matt Wilson, Maria Schneider, Renée Fleming, Ed Simon, Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, Ron Miles, Art Lande, Slide Hampton, Don Byron, Jeremy Pelt, Ben Goldberg, among others. Teppa won the Honor Competition Award at UC, Boulder. In 2004, 2005 and 2006 he won the “Best Jazz Soloist Award” from Downbeat Magazine. In 2014, Teppa was nominated with two Latin Grammys for his participation on the albums "Tiempo" by Linda Briceño and "3rd Element" by Luis Quintero. Teppa has released five recordings: "Designios," "Travesias," "Serpentina," "CONtrabajos de Aldemaro," "Sinergia," and "Away from Home." Currently, Gonzalo Teppa is a faculty member of the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, the University of Colorado in Denver, and Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy in Denver.

Areas of Expertise

Electric/Acoustic Bass

Education, Licensure & Certifications

University of Colorado, Boulder
MM; Music

University of Colorado, Boulder

BM; Music

College of Arts & Media

CU Denver

Arts Building

1150 10th Street

Suite 177

Denver, CO 80204


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