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Jay Kauffman Music

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I have played the guitar almost every day for over 40 years now. At some point, I realized that there were sounds I wanted to hear coming from the strings of the guitar that hadn’t been written by others, and I started writing my own classical guitar music. It’s so amazing to me, the musical worlds that can be explored through the medium of just six stretched strings and a highly crafted box to make them sound. Click here for my bio.

About Me

Here is my “official” bio!

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 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

Reviews

Here are some things people have said about my performing and my music. Click for more.

“an exceptional soloist, matching technical accomplishment with interpretive ardor”
Andrew PorterThe New Yorker

“Jay Kauffman is creative and innovative as an artist, and communicates in his music a personal and compelling voice.”

Sharon Isbin, Juilliard School of Music

a highly expressive, and often improvisational playing style….from sensitive and reflective…to powerful and virtuosic.”

Sean Ferguson, Columbus Guitar Society Newsletter

“an unusual and many-faceted artist….I wish Jay Kauffman the great success which will certainly be his wherever he appears.”

Eliot Fisk, classical guitarist and recording artistThrenody for solo guitar

“Threnody, the first of five works on the program by Mr. Kauffman, is a highly emotional lament which takes the listener through a spectrum of dark emotions, from its quietly mournful opening to outbursts of intense strumming. The piece was immediately engaging, and a highlight of the evening for many in the audience.”

Sean Ferguson, Columbus Guitar Society Newsletter

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Coompositions

Most of my pieces are advanced-intermediate to advanced technically. From my new work “Archipelago for Guitar,” you can purchase the first movement here:

 Island One: Milonga  $2.75

Click here for the full Catalogue of Scores

Arrangements

My most popular download of all time is the arrangement of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Here’s the purchase info: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Full)  $21 Containing all 4 Movements:  Click link below to purchase individual movements.

Click here for the full Catalogue of Scores

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Archipelago for Solo Guitar

Archipelago is a my musical and artistic love letter to classical guitar music. There are 10 pieces, which I call “Islands,” and when I’m done, they will be connected by a story and a set of paintings.
Click here to visit the Archipelago

Fingerprint CD

My 1996 CD is now available for download and purchase at Bandcamp.

Fingerprint is a musical tour of the world through the strings of my guitar. It is a collection of music inspired by folk and popular idioms from around the globe. It features Variations on a Mongolian Folk Song, Samba di Locomoco, and the Spooky Blues, as well as music ranging from Venezuela to Spain to Japan and Turkey.

Re-released December 23, 2016

Eine Kleine Nachtmusic for Solo Guitar

I have arranged all four movements of  Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for guitar. To hear more movements, and to get all of the scores and tabs, click here.

Listening Room

This is a selection of music that I’ve written and arranged. Plug in your computer to a good set of speakers or headphones, sit back in your easy chair, and enjoy. It’s free.

Click here to go to the listening room.

Performances

This is where I list upcoming live performances and write about (and post videos from)  past performances.

To visit performances, click here

Contact me

If you wish to contact me, follow this link to my contact page.

Or,email me at jay.kauffman@gmail.com.