Neil Beckmann is a classical guitarist, enthusiastic chamber musician and advocate for new music. He is dedicated to collaborating with composers to add to the guitar’s repertoire, and to exploring underperformed solo and chamber works of all periods, with a strong focus on contemporary chamber music.
In addition to the classical guitar, Neil also works to explore music written for other plucked string instruments. This includes electric guitar in both notated and free improvisation contexts, banjo in a film score conducted by Leonard Slatkin, and bowed ukulele.
In the upcoming 2018-2019 season, Neil will be premiering solo works by Carolyn Chen, James Diaz, Salina Fisher, and fellow CCM alumnus Daniel Harrison. Since arriving in New York in 2016, he has performed at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, for the Long Island Classical Guitar Society, at Merkin Concert Hall, and with the Tactus Contemporary Ensemble.
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.
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.