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Nicholas Goluses

Professor of Guitar

Co-Chair, Strings, Harp, & Guitar Department

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Nicholas Goluses is Professor of Guitar and founder and director of the guitar programs at the Eastman School of Music, where he is a recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. Before coming to Eastman, he was the first Andrés Segovia Professor at Manhattan School of Music, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, the Pablo Casals Award, and the Faculty Award of Distinguished Merit. His students have won major competitions throughout the world including Darwin (Australia), Allentown, GFA, D’Addario, MTNA, Appalachian, Taxco (Mexico), Rantucci, Rosario, Stotsenburg, Paracho (Mexico), Brock (Canada) World Competition, Philadelphia Guitar Society, Lone Star Competition, Louisville Competition, Memphis Competition, Harvard Foote Prize, Hamilton, Belgium, Fulbright, and CAPES (Brazil). In addition, his students hold numerous professorships throughout the United States, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, England, Taiwan, and Germany. Dr. Goluses is in great demand for master classes at leading institutions throughout the world.

Nicholas Goluses’s concert tours as soloist, with orchestra, and as chamber musician have taken him across North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and the Far East to critical acclaim. His many New York recitals have taken place in Merkin Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Kaufmann Auditorium at the 92nd Street Y. Goluses has been a featured performer at major festivals throughout the world and has performed as concerto soloist with the Savannah Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, American Wind Orchestra, Manhattan Symphony, Louisiana Sinfonietta, Jacksonville Symphony, Eastman Virtuosi, Heidelburg Symphony, and the Macon Symphony, among others. He is active in a duo with flutist Bonita Boyd and has collaborated with the American and Ying String Quartets, violinists Zvi Zeitlin and Juliana Athayde, and tenor Robert Swensen.

Goluses has recorded for Albany, BMG, and Naxos. Committed to performing new music for the guitar, Goluses has given world première performances of over 100 works by many of today’s leading composers, including solo pieces, concertos for guitar and orchestra, and chamber music. His performance editions are published by Alfred Masterworks.

He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY), is currently on the Board of Directors for the Guitar Foundation of America, and has been named Musician of the Year 2015-16 by Mu Phi Epsilon. Nicholas plays a guitar by master luthier, Matthias Dammann, of Passau, Germany.

DMA, MM, BM, Manhattan School of Music. Guitar studies with Manuel Barrueco, master classes with Andres Segovia. Professor of Guitar since 1993; Chair String Department, 1998-2001; 2004-2007.