Brian Gaudino is a classical and jazz guitarist based out of Cleveland, OH. Brian is currently the Director of Education for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, where he provides high-quality classical guitar instruction to students at inner-city schools. Brian teaches both large classes and private lessons through CCGS, with special emphasis on creating very high achievement for the most dedicated students. In addition to his work in schools, Brian also directs multiple community guitar orchestras.
Before moving to Cleveland, Brian was a faculty member at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where he taught classical and jazz guitar, musicianship, and directed the Jazz Guitar Ensemble. As a masters student, Brian earned first place at the UL Friends of Music Classical Guitar Competition and was the recipient of the 2009 Richard Neiheisel Phi Beta Kappa Endowed Graduate Award.
Brian’s has studied under Jeff George, Tim Olbrych, and Woody Beckner. He has performed in many master classes with prominent guitarists such as Roland Dyens, Ana Vidovic, David Tanenbaum, Adam Holzman, Jerome Ducharme, and Frank Koonce. He has performed as a soloist with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and the Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band. His debut solo album “Control Freak” was released in February 2016. His music is also featured in the popular video game When Pigs Fly.
Brian was born in Michigan and raised in Springfield, VA. He holds a master’s degree in guitar performance from UL Lafayette and a bachelor’s degree in music from The College of William and Mary. He has lived in Cleveland with his wife since 2016 where he performs in a variety of genres and teaches private lessons in his studio in Cleveland Heights.