Pat Bianculli

AGS Program Director

Instruments: Guitar
Education: M.M., SUNY Stony Brook
Currently Teaching: Summer Programs

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Pat began playing the guitar at the age of 13. His earliest musical influence was his father, Philip, an accomplished woodwind player and jazz musician. Pat received his Master of Music in Guitar Performance from Stony Brook University (SUNY) in 1981. The same year, he had the honor of performing for the legendary guitarist, Andres Segovia, in Granada, Spain.

He made his New York solo debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1983. Tim Page of the New York Times describing Mr. Bianculli’s performance of J.S. Bach, said, “…a sensitive musician…he juxtaposed workmanlike playing with passages of real inspiration,” and of his Nocturnal by Benjamin Britten …”[Mr. Bianculli] was true to the works’ improvisatory quality, calling up some ominous, shimmering overtones from the instrument.”

He has recorded two CDs, the first of which is called Catgut Flambo, with guitarist Harris Becker. Hill of Slane-Psalms, Sonatas & Sojourns was released in 2008. It is a collection of music for flute and guitar duo, performed with his wife, Kathleen McDonald.

Cherry Lane Music has published two of his educational books: Learn Folk Guitar with the Music of John Denver (October 2005) and 101 Tips and Tricks for the Acoustic Guitar (2004). He continues to reside in Brooklyn, NY.

Pat has been chosen for admission to the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. His students consistently achieve high level honors for their participation in the program, and he will be the first American examiner in guitar.

He has taught (1989-90) at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (formerly The Jamaica School of Music) in Kingston, Jamaica, performing throughout that country. He has been on the faculty of Dowling College and currently teaches guitar and IB music at the United Nations International School. He is adjunct professor of Guitar at Long Island University.