We had the good fortune of connecting with Lanzo Luconi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lanzo, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Growing up in my home country Costa Rica, we did’t have many opportunities to develop a piano career, so I decided to change that and build a space/platform to allow young pianists to learn from world class artists, meet other international young musicians, and share a cultural experience in this beautiful country. I knew that bringing people together to do what they love and share it with the audience is always good business.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am in the business of bringing people together to share their love for music, learning, friendship, and artistic expression. As simple as this concept may seem, the obstacles were tremendously difficult to overcome since nothing like this had ever been done before in my home country. So, at first, most people did not believe in this project and would not support it because the concept was so foreign and risky. Doors were shut in my face for two years straight when I tried to look for support in starting my project, but my perseverance was they key to make it happen. I believe that my determination over time was what inspired people to support me and my project, and turn it into what it has become now.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many things to do in my home country Costa Rica a week is not even close to enough time to see everything, but I will take them to some of my favorite places. The first thing I would do is take them on a gastronomical experience – try the different foods and drinks in different parts of the city San Jose. Then we would head over to the mountains and go on a hike all the way up to the crater of the Poas Volcano. On our way back we would stop by the green countryside to take pictures, chat with the locals and eat some of the most amazing strawberries they’ve ever had. Then we would go to Monteverde and do an ATV tour, check out some waterfalls and swim in under them. The next day we would head over to Rio Celeste and hike around the light blue water river and waterfalls, then we would head to La Fortuna for a relaxing evening in the hot springs.
Then we would drive to Las Catalinas, a luxury spot right by the beach and hang out with the locals, eat, drink and enjoy the warm ocean. Then we would dive down the coast and visit several beaches all the way down to the Nicoya Peninsula, in Santa Teresa.
After that we would drive up to Liberia to take a quick flight to Puerto Viejo, all the way across the country in the Caribbean side, where we would conclude our trip eating delicious local food, surfing, and visiting the amazing natural parks full of incredible animals like sloths, parrots, dantas, jaguars an more.
There is much more to do, but I hope with this quick visit they will be inspired to come back and explore some more.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are many people that deserve to be in this shoutout, but if I had to choose, it would have to be my family. They have supported me through thick and thin, regardless of how crazy my ideas were. They always believe in me and celebrate my success, and help me build myself back up after failures. Their unconditional love builds my courage to to things.
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