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.
Alongside guitar, he has a strong interest in finding and developing repertoire for various instruments from the plucked string family, currently including classical, acoustic, electric, and homemade cigar box guitars, lutes, banjo, and ukulele.
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 an administrative assistant at New Focus Recordings, a record label dedicated to contemporary classical music.
Since arriving in New York in 2016, he has performed at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, in a film score under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, for the Long Island Classical Guitar Society, at Merkin Concert Hall, and with the Tactus Contemporary Ensemble.
Neil recently 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 Rodney Stucky.