Neil Beckmann is a guitarist dedicated to giving compelling performances of music both well established and ignored. He is actively expanding the guitar's repertoire in both solo and chamber settings, through collaborating with composers, and is an enthusiastic chamber musician on repertoire ranging from the 1600s to today.
Alongside guitar, he has a strong interest in finding and developing repertoire for various instruments from the plucked string family, currently including various guitars, lute, theorbo, and banjo.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he currently lives and works in New York City as a freelancer: commissioning new works for guitar, teaching, and performing in solo and chamber settings, and working as co-label manager at New Focus Recordings, a record label dedicated to contemporary classical music.
He has performed at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, MISE-EN_PLACE, and Spectrum in NYC, at Bang on a Can’s inaugural LOUD Weekend at Mass MoCA alongside members of the BoAC All Stars, with the New York Continuo Collective, the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and for the Long Island and Cincinnati Guitar Societies.
Neil completed his Master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Kraeuter Musical Foundation Award for outstanding achievement in chamber music. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he performed with CCM's Philharmonia Orchestra.
Past teachers include David Starobin, Clare Callahan and Richard Goering, chamber music studies with David Leisner, and early music studies with Daniel Swenberg and Rodney Stucky.