B i o g r a p h y
Brad began his studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts for high school and college in Winston-Salem. There, he studied under Larry Almeida and Aaron Shearer. He continued on with graduate school at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying under David Tanenbaum and the University of Arizona under Thomas Patterson. While in music school he had master classes and private lessons with some of the world’s most renowned artists including: Manuel Barrueco, Pepe Romero, David Russell, Bruce Holzman, Oscar Gighlia, David Leisner, Dusan Bogdonavic, Scott Tennant and Ricardo Cobo. Brad has performed in solo and ensemble concerts for guitar societies and other organizations across the country as well as performed on PBS with tenor Cornelius Young. Brad moved to Asheville, NC, in 1995 where he performs around the western North Carolina region and at the Biltmore House regularly. He is currently the president of the Asheville Classical Guitar Society.
Brad’s teaching is largely based on Aaron Shearer’s methodology (having had five years of pedagogy with him at NCSA) which consists of solid technique, reading music, music theory with the ultimate goal being performance.