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
juxtaposed workmanlike playing with passages of real inspiration".
And of his Nocturnal by Benjamin Britten
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.