PASQUALE BIANCULLI, GUITARIST

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, PASQUALE BIANCULLI, began playing the guitar at the age of 13 under Joseph Cassano. His earliest musical influence was his father, Philip, an accomplished woodwind player and jazz musician. Following in his footsteps, he played popular music in dance and club bands throughout the city. In 1972, he began intensive study in classical guitar with Jerry Willard and Edgard Dana, at the Guitar Workshop in Oyster Bay, NY. He received his M. Mus. degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1981. The same year, he had the honor of performing for the legendary guitarist, Andres Segovia, in Granada, Spain. Other teachers and coaches have included Alexandre Lagoya, Angel Romero and Timothy Walker. As a recitalist, he has been heard across the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. In 1983, he made his New York solo debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. 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". Both he and his wife, flutist, Kathy McDonald, taught (1989-90) at the Edna Manley School of the Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, performing throughout that country. While a grad student, he taught at SUNY Stony Brook, and later contributed his expertise as a consultant on a doctoral panel. He has been on the faculties of Dowling College and the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado. Pat has served as adjudicator in music competitions sponsored by Queens College and the American String Teacher's Association (ASTA). He has written two books; "Learn Folk Guitar with the Music of John Denver" and "101 Tips and Tricks for the Acoustic Guitar", published by Cherry Lane Music. Currently, he is on the faculty of Long Island University and the United Nations International School.