Juan's journey began in his native country, Colombia. At sixteen years old, Juan already was breaking from the mainstream. Instead of following a route toward salsa, vallenato and merengue, Juan found himself drawn to the electric guitar and the emerging underground rock scene.
His obsession resulted in several albums, a number one radio hit, countless live shows, and an abundance of powerful songs, In a country where public interest in rock is secondary to more traditional forms, Juan brought his fiery guitar riffs to the public and the public loved it.
While in university, Juan formed the alternative rock band, Emma Hoo, as the lead singer and guitarist. Three months later, the band was offered a record deal, which resulted in the release of their first album. Emma Hoo quickly gained a cult following, playing many major festivals and sold out concerts, Juans next project, La Universal, was an original, genre-busting rock band with a unique fusion of rock, electronica, rap, and funk.
As the lead guitarist, songwriter, and the bands producer, Juan led the group to success. Their hit single Ola de Calor, hit number one on the local charts and stayed there for three consecutive weeks.
La Universal made frequent radio and television appearances, including a special nationally televised unplugged concert.
It wasn’t until Juan moved to Toronto, Canada when he finally started working on a project that he had dreamt about for many years making instrumental guitar music. Inspired by the guitar legends that he grew up listening to, in 2004 he began recording his first solo album, Renewal, which reflects the experience of finding his true voice, one that connects his Latin roots with his love for the electric guitar and rock and roll.
In 2005, Guitar Player Magazine chose Juan as one of the Top Ten Guitar Heroes from over 3,000 submissions worldwide. Juan played at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland for guitar legends such as Joe Satriani and Steve Lukather.
The Durham Region Music Society awarded Juan with the "Best Instrumental Recording of the Year" award the same year. Juan's newly released album, Renewal, is his first album as a solo instrumental artist.
In 2007 Juan was selected again as one of the top ten guitar heroes worldwide, to participate in Guitar Player Magazine's Guitar Hero event at the American Music Hall in San Francisco. The same year Juan was also presented with the award for "Best World Music" by the Ontario Independent Music Awards at the Phoenix Concert Hall in Toronto. He was also nominated for "Best Song" for "The 8th Floor".
In early 2008 Juan was awarded with the "Best International Artist" by the Orange County Music Awards, and later on Juan was presented with the award for "Best Iinstrumental Artist" by the Ontario Independent Music Awards.
In September 2009, Juan was presented with the award for “Best Rock Recording of the Year” by the Durham Region Music Society.
In 2010 Juan returned to the studio after an accident almost cost him three fingers from his left hand. He recorded “Ultrasonico”, a new album with 16 new songs charged with a unique fusion of Latin grooves and amazing rock guitar.
“Ultrasonico” also has a DVD including all the songs from the previous release, “Renewal”, played live. It also contains documentaries about the recording of both works and some rehearsals and videos.
“Ultrasonico” features a few musical guests including Tim Millar from “Protest the Hero” and the legendary bass player Stuart Hamm.
May 11, 2017
new song and new video, "Puple pure pull" ( just say it out loud !)
April 13, 2017
Moved by the passing of a Colombian rock Legend Elkin Ramirez, I decided to pay tribute to his work and recorded one of his songs from 1986 as an instrumental
"Todo Hombre es una historia" by KRAKEN - Elkin Ramirez (R.I.P.)!
October 21, 2016
New Video, New Song...We will start filming next week!
August 22, 2016
New Website on the works, fantastic working with Jenny on the new photos!
check her work out!
August 10, 2015
New video "4bidden 4 U" Thank you Johnny!
Here is a link for his work
May 27, 2015
I would like to anounce that I have been working on more new material, and I know it taking a really long time but Im really happy with what Im recording rigth now, it's my best work so far and I cant wait to share it with you.
A new video is also on it's way!
for now keep cheking www.reverbnation.com/juancoronado for music!
January 4, 2015
I would like to anounce that I'll be offering lessons via skype very soon.
If you are interested Please contact me at email@example.com
I'm also working on my next article for Canadian Musician Magazine, but the second part of accurate picking should be out in the stands already!
For now I can only say Thank you for your support, Thanks to people like you I'm able to be a 24/7 musician and to this day I've never had to work on anything else.
Music & Family = Everything
January 2, 2015
Hello Folks! Juan here wishing you a happy and great year 2015.
I've been quite busy working with other artist at my studio WWW.ULTRASONICOSTUDIOS.COM and taking a break from recording the new instrumental material. There is almost enough material for a complete album, and I will start releasing tracks very soon!.
September 4, 2014
Here is the link to my new article-lesson for Canadian Musician Magazine!
July 28, 2014
A quick update, Juan has been working on more songs and videos, articles, lessons and new things will come up very soon, stay tuned.
February 14, 2014
Tune in Rogers TV, at 11 am to watch Juan perform on "Daytime". If you miss the 11 am, you can catch the show later, It will run a few times during the day.
January 15, 2014
Just at the end of 2013, I Produced, recorded and preformed all the instruments (except the piano performed by tjebbe donner) on a cover of "Monster" with the Great Neetu Dhanju on vocals.
Now Ryan Seacrest selected it to be part of a contest!
Please visit and vote for NEETU!
November 15, 2013
Juan's Music rank #5 on ReverbNation
November 8, 2013
Juan and Steve Vai making a song at Casino Rama
September 20, 2013
The awesome people from Rockeando TV visited Juan and here is the interview:
September 15, 2013
Juan's new guitar article/lesson on Canadian Musician Magazine will hit the stands soon on the Sept/Oct 2013 issue.
Here is the video lesson
September 6, 2013
On september 19th at 6:30 PM Colombia 7:30 PM Toronto tune in for a one hour special with Juan Coronado on the tv show RADIO U, in Colombia on CANAL U but for the rest of the world will be available online.
Here is the link:
August 29, 2013
Juan visited Colombia and offered a Guitar Clinic in Arte Vivo. Thanks to all the people that came over and jammed with Juan
August 6, 2013
Juan it's been recording new music all summer, stay tuned for the first songs to come out soon.
June 17, 2013
Juan's new guitar article/lesson on Canadian Musician Magazine will hit the stands soon on the Sept/Oct 2013 issue.
there will be a video lesson on line.
June 10, 2013
Very exited to share with you that I'm talking with a director about doing a complete soundtrack for a movie, can't really share anything else yet, but it's going to be awesome!
May 25, 2013
Hi everybody! It's been a while, but unfortunately I've been experiencing pain in my left hand for a while now, I'm learning how to deal with it and planning to go back and finish my next CD.
for now here is a new EPK for you to enjoy with a few bits of new music.
October 29, 2012
Juan is getting ready to perform with friend Alex Headley at the Cancer Benefit for the Oshawa Hospital next November 3.
Tix are 60$ - Contact the oshawa hospital foundation (P) 905-576-8711 ext 3824 and speek to Ashley MacInnis
October 27, 2012
Don't miss Juan at the tv show DAYTIME this Thursday Nov 1
October 10, 2012
Check out Juan recording new music!
July 20, 2012
Juan is back in the studio recording a new material.
Thanks to Derek Brooks and the Ernie Ball Music Man Company for Building this customized BFR JP7 for Juan.
ThisAmazing Axe is now Juan's main recording guitar for the new album.
October 1 & 2, 2011
Juan was invited to play at the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix, the shows went very well, video will be available soon.
August 21, 2011
Juan Coronado's "Ultrasonico" is on the first nominating ballot for the upcoming Latin Grammy Awards.
August 10, 2011
Juan appears on the September issue of Guitar Player Magazine page 23.
June 10, 2011
The video "Republica II" has been selected for the "Fresh Talent" hour on Steve Vai's GuitarTV.com!
Here is a review from the first album "Renewal" by Mikolaj Furmankiewicz (Poalnd)
June 2, 2011
Juan's new lesson for Guitar Nine Records, here is the link:
Mar 08, 2011
Mike Ruta interviews Juan, here is the link:
Mar 08, 2011 - New disc from Whitby guitar wizard
WHITBY -- Whitby guitarist Juan Coronado's second solo disc, Ultrasonico, continues the journey he's on to forge a unique sound.
Coronado says he's "always been a rock guy," and you can certainly hear his edgy, hard sound on a number of the tracks. But there are also two acoustic tracks which, along with a lot of the percussion on the disc, show his Latin roots.
"I'm trying to do a fusion where you have elements of different music happening at the same time," Coronado says in an interview.
He arrived here from his native Colombia seven years ago and, while Coronado was already a sensation there, the accolades and awards have continued coming. A self-taught player, he has twice been named one of the world's top 10 Guitar Heroes by Guitar Player magazine. His blistering fret work has caught the attention of legends such as Joe Satriani, with whom Coronado had a chance to play, and who told him "you play really great."
And while he says it's nice to be considered one of the best on the planet, Coronado tries to keep the praise in perspective.
"As guitar players go, there's no way to say who's better," he says. "I think what's more important is the kind of music people do. I'm not trying to be the fastest guitar player ... What I'm doing is coming up with music that's unique."
Coronado has received an invitation to perform at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival and says "I am so going."
That he plays at all is amazing for several reasons. While mom and dad played guitar and encouraged him to take it up, he was never interested. He recalls receiving a guitar as a Christmas present when he was around five.
"I remember opening it and thinking, 'Oh no, a guitar, this is the worst Christmas of my life'," he says.
It was roughly a decade later that he heard Def Leppard's Gods of War. He was so into the song, and in particular the bass line, that he decided to learn it, digging out his old Christmas present.
"All of a sudden, it hit me, I have a guitar, not a bass," Coronado recalls. "Mom showed me how to tune it and that was it."
He's been playing guitar full time ever since and teaches out of his home studio, working with roughly 60 students per week from all over Durham.
But it almost came to a terrible end two years ago.
Coronado says he's "not a handy person at all," so he enlisted a friend to help him lay a hardwood floor in his basement studio. One day, deciding that he wanted to forge ahead alone, Coronado was cutting boards with a table saw when he badly mangled and fractured three of the fingers on his left hand. He was told he wouldn't play again and admits he was scared. But looking at his hand today, you would never know he was injured.
"For some strange miracle, my fingertips grew back," Coronado says.
But the road back to playing, and playing at the level to which he was accustomed, was a tough one. The pain was "horrible" and he pushed himself hard.
So, Ultrasonico was a triumph for a number of reasons. Coronado wrote all of the music and played all of the instruments, with some exceptions, which he's anxious to point out: he enlisted legendary bass player Stuart Hamm and Protest the Hero guitarist Tim Millar.
Next up for Coronado is a collaboration with a local vocalist, Oshawa's Mike de Guzman, on a project that he says will be more pop than rock.
"He's an amazing singer; I'm excited to see what will happen," Coronado says.
Check out his website, www.juancoronado.com, where you can hear some of his music and buy Ultrasonico and his first solo disc, Renewal.
November 18, 2010
Juan's New CD/DVD "ULTRASONICO" and CD "RENEWAL" available here now!
October 20, 2010
Juan's New CD/DVD "ULTRASONICO" will be available November 5
Juan's album Renewal is available!
13 amazing guitar tunes! "Latin Shred" is the new sound of instrumental music!
Performing in Oshawa, May 27th!
Juan will be performing during the "Break the guitar record" event at the GM Centre in Oshawa, May 27 2010 at 7 pm. Visit: http://www.breaktheguitarrecord.com/
Durham Region Music Society Award Win!
Juan was awarded one more time with the Best rock recording of the year by the Durham Region Music Society.
Juan's article for Canadian Musician Magazine's December edition!
The second part of this article will be published in the Janauary edition.
Juan Awarded for "Best instrumental artist of the year"
Juan was nominated for two Ontario Independent Music Awards 2008.
The award ceremony was on Ocrober 16th, 2008 at The Phoenix Concert Hall in Toronto. Juan won the award for "Best instrumental artist of the year" and performed "Republica and Dreaming Butterflies" live.
Juan was nominated for two Ontario Independent Music Awards!
The award ceremony was on November 15th, 2007 at The Phoenix Concert Hall in Toronto. Juan won the award for "Best World Music" and performed "Al Sur" live.
The Spanish magazine, "Jevitron" has published a new interview with Juan. Click here to read:
Juan competes for the crown of America's Guitar Hero!
On October 12th, Juan Carlos Coronado, Juan Carlos Coronado will compete for the crown of America's Guitar Hero in front of a panel of judges that include:
 Joe Satriani (The Man)
 Steve Lukather (Toto)
 Greg Howe (Prog-rock icon)
 Mike Varney (owner, Shrapnel Records)
 Elliot Easton (The Cars)
 Soon-to-be-revealed former GP cover artist
Juan was one of thousands of guitarists from across the U.S., Canada and abroad that sent his music to the Guitar Player office. Guitar Player magazine explains, "Ten transcendent talents were chosen by the GP staff to battle it out in San Francisco in front of a live audience, our celebrity judges, and world-wide Webcast viewers." As one of these select ten, Juan says, "I am very proud to represent Canada and Colombia in this event for the second time."
Guitar Hero 2007 Competition to Feature “Riff Off”
Guitar Player’s Guitar Hero 2007 Competition to Feature “Riff Off” Between Actual vs. Virtual Guitarist and Demos of Guitar Hero III
Activision, Microsoft and Digidesign are partnering to present the 3rd annual Guitar Player’s Guitar Hero competition. Activision produces the red-hot video game Guitar Hero and will be on hand with pre-launch demos of their new release, Guitar Hero III on Xbox XBox 360-outfitted kiosks on the show floor. The event will be webcast using Microsoft’s “Silverlight” medium on http://www.GuitarPlayer.com.
The ten finalists – representing a wide range of guitar styles including Latin Shred, Rockabilly, Country and Rock – are: Jamie Robinson (Toronto, Ontario), Juan Coronado (Whitby, Ontario) Tony Smotherman (Jacksonville, Florida), Taka Minamino (Hollywood, CA ), Danny B. Harvey (Canyon County, CA), Curtis Fornadley (Playa Del Rey, CA), Casey Harshbarger (Indianapolis, Indiana), Ladd Smith (Nashville, Tennessee) , Les Robot (real name: Cory Melnychuk) (Edmonton, Alberta), and Chris Peters (Orlando, Florida).
Click here for more information
Juan on the cover of the french magazine eguitar magazine in April 2007
Hardrock Heaven has posted a review
Hardrock House has posted a very nice review:
Rrockreviews has posted a review
Guitar Nine Records has posted a review:
Juan visits Colombia!
During November & December 2005 Juan visited Colombia where he played some shows, was on various radio and television programs and appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. Click Here to watch one of Juan's television interviews.
On Tuesday, December 13th, one of the most important newspapers in Colombia, EL COLOMBIANO, published an article on Juan which featured him on the front page.
Juan was nominated for two Durham Region Music Awards 2005
The award ceremony was on Wednesday, September 21st 2005 at The Whitby Court House Theatre Where Juan Won the "Instrumental recording of the year" award.
For more information, go to www.durhamregionmusicsociety.com.
Juan selected for first guitarristas.info downloadable CD!
Juan was selected along with 17 fellow guitar instrumentalists to be in the first downloadable CD from www.guitarristas.info
This is a great album and you can download it for free and listen to amazing new talent.
Click here to download the CD.
OCtober 2005 Guitar Player Issue
Check out the October 2005 issue of Guitar Player Magazine where you will find all the details about the Guitar Hero 2005 event. Bios and pics of Juan and the other 9 guitar heroes will be featured, along with an article and photos of the event itself.
Juan visited the Guitar Player Magazine headquarters in San Mateo, California this past August 2005.
Here is Juan with a mock up of the upcoming October issue of Guitar Player Magazine that was in.
Guitar Hero 2005
The Guitar Hero 2005 was an amazing experience! All contestants were Guitar Heroes. Special thanks to Guitar Player Magazine, Mike Molenda, the judges and the contestants for an unforgettable experience.
Also check out these links with Juan's interviews and photos:
Juan Carlos Vies for the Title of America’s Next Guitar Hero
On June 10th, Ontario resident Juan Carlos Coronado, will compete for the crown of America’s Guitar Hero in front of a panel of judges that includes guitar legends Joe Satriani and Steve Lukather.
Juan was one of thousands of guitarists from across the U.S., Canada and abroad that sent his music to the Guitar Player office. Guitar Player magazine explains, “Ten transcendent talents were chosen by the GP staff to battle it out in Cleveland in front of a live audience, our celebrity judges, and world-wide Webcast viewers.” As one of these select ten, Juan says, “I am very proud to represent Canada and Colombia in this event.”
Since moving to Ontario, Canada from his native country Colombia almost two years ago, Juan has been working very hard to build a career doing what he loves best â€“ making music. “Having a chance to play in Cleveland’s famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in front of guitar legends such as Joe Satriani and Steve Lukather is a dream come true. I am truly honoured to have been selected,” Juan says. Over the course of his career in Colombia, Juan released several albums, penned a number one radio hit, and played to large audiences. Now in Canada, Juan continues to explore new musical territory. His upcoming solo album, Renewal, features an innovative blend of Latin rhythms and instrumental rock guitar.
For more information about Guitar Player Magazine's Guitar Hero 2005 Competition, check out their website at www.guitarplayer.com