Brian Gaudino is the Director of Education for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society. Devoted to both high-level classroom instruction and guitar performance, Brian has taught guitar at levels from total beginners to undergraduate guitar majors. Through CCGS, Brian partners with an ever growing list of Cleveland schools and organizations to create high-quality classical guitar programs. As Director of Education, Brian leads CCGS classroom initiatives, trains and supports new teachers, and oversees a variety of other CCGS projects. Brian’s classroom ensembles perform often, at venues such as Severance Hall, Playhouse Square, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Plymouth Church, where they regularly open for CCGS International Series concerts that feature some of the world’s greatest guitarists. These students have received acclaim and opportunities including features in local and national media and playing in master classes with acclaimed guitarists.
Before joining CCGS, Brian was a faculty member at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where he taught classical and jazz guitar. As a performer, Brian earned first place at the 2009 UL Lafayette Friends of Music Classical Guitar Competition and was the recipient of the Richard Neiheisel Phi Beta Kappa Endowed Graduate Award. He has performed in master classes with prominent guitarists such as Roland Dyens, Ana Vidovic, and Christopher Parkening. He has performed as a soloist with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and the Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band. Brian 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. In addition to his work with CCGS, Brian teaches privately and performs in a variety of genres.