Gabriel Handy

Guitar Faculty — Classical

Gabriel Handy's virtuosity was first recognized when he was just fourteen years old. It was then that he was the youngest student to be admitted to the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts. He had developed his talent in his hometown of Winston Salem, North Carolina, where he would spend days on end at a local guitar shop, studying with various performers as they passed through town. He continued his studies at the School of the Arts, where he was mentored by renowned pedagogue, Aaron Shearer. Before graduating high school, Gabriel was the recipient of numerous accolades including grand prizes from the American String Teachers Association at both state and national level competitions and a top prize in the Admira International Guitar Competition in Bath, England. 

Following graduation, Gabriel continued studying at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he received his B.M. He then went on to obtain his Masters of Music at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of renowned guitarist/composer, David Leisner. Consistently passionate about education and innovation, Gabriel traveled throughout the United States and Europe, studying with many of the world’s leading guitarists and teachers including José Thomas, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, William Kanengiser, David Starobin, and Gerald Klickstein.

For the past 15 years, Gabriel has resided in New York City, working as a Professor of Classical Guitar at William Paterson University, also Westminster Conservatory of Rider University (NJ), the Diller-Quaile School of Music (NYC), and Bloomingdale School of Music (NYC). Currently, he is a Director of William Paterson University's "Guitarfest”, and the Director of "Summer Guitar Workshop". Recently, he became Coordinator of Guitar Studies for the William Paterson Academy of Music pre-college program and established the John F. Villani Scholarship for aspiring guitar students.

Gabriel continues his performance career as an accompanist, studio musician, and soloist. His numerous solo guitar recitals have been viewed at venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center (NYC), the Riverside Church (NYC), Guild Hall, London (UK). Gabriel has also worked with professional chamber ensembles, filmakers, composers, dancers, and even rock bands! His diverse collaborations have led him to work with bands such as Sugarcult (Artimis Records), television shows such as “I love the 80’s, I love the 90’s, and I love the Holidays” on VH1 and MTV. Live performances also include Gabriel as a featured guest artist with programs such as those of the Dance Theatre Workshop (NYC), Dancenowfest (NYC), and the Mellinum Theatre on Broadway (NYC).

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