Elysa and Jason Hochman are the owners and founders of the New York Guitar Academy. . While Elysa was attaining her Master's Degree in Music and Music Education from Columbia University she and Jason lived in Andalucia, Spain. They studied with the renowned Jose Luis Balao and Santiago Moreno in Jerez de la Frontera, and at the Carmen de las Cuevas School of Flamenco in Granada. In 2012 Elysa and Jason studied with legendary flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano, and were greatly inspired by his compositions and books. Elysa and Jason refined their classical and flamenco guitar technique by studying routinely with master and virtuoso guitarist Grisha Goryachev along with his father, master teacher Dmitry Goryachev.