Neil Beckmann is a guitarist dedicated to giving compelling performances of music both well established and not, expanding the guitar's repertoire by collaborating with composers, working with music technology, and finding and developing repertoire for various instruments from the plucked string family, currently including various guitars, lute, theorbo, mandolin and banjo.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he currently lives and works in New York City as a freelancer: commissioning new works for guitar, teaching, performing, 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, Scholes Street Studio, and Spectrum in NYC, at Bang on a Can’s inaugural LOUD Weekend at Mass MoCA alongside members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, for the Long Island and Cincinnati Guitar Societies, and with the New York Continuo Collective and Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.
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.
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.