Guitarist Jay Kauffman has performed to critical acclaim on stages from New York to San Francisco to Shanghai, and is a published coomposer whose works have been featured on National Public Radio.
As a classically trained musician and teacher with graduate degrees from the Juilliard School of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory, he is committed to translating the principles of technical and musical mastery into plain language and practical suggestions for guitar students of all levels and all stripes. He’s been on the faculty of the prestigious Bowdoin Music Festival as well as the Western Connecticut State University.
His compositions have garnered much praise, and combine a high level of guitar wizardry with a fluid, expressive, and richly varied compositional technique. His music can be heard on his recording, Fingerprint, which contains music inspired by the traditions of Spain, Venezuela, Brazil, The United States, Japan, Mongolia, and Turkey.His music is published by Tuscany Publications and distributed by The Theodore Presser Company, as well as by Les Productions D’oz
Awards and Performances
He has been awarded numerous fellowships and scholarships, and has won top prizes in several national and international competitions, including ASTA, MTNA, and the Arts America Auditions. He performed his New York Debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as the only winner in guitar of the 1994 Artist’s International Competition. He has performed throughout North America,
concentrating on the Eastern and Midwestern United States.
His work as an Artistic Ambassador for the now defunct United States Information Agency brought him performing throughout China, Korea, Taiwan,
and Mongolia, as well as in India