New York based classical guitarist and pedagogue Kevin R. Gallagher began
playing rock guitar in his formative years but his musical appetite
quickly led him to study jazz and ultimately, classical guitar.
His renowned gift for the classical guitar won him numerous scholarships
and awards while studying at the Wisconsin
Conservatory of Music with Benjamin Verdery and the Julliard School with Sharon Isbin. His endless pursuit of study has led him to diverse teachers such as Albert Fuller, Joaquin Fabra, and Ramesh Balsekar among others.
Kevin was the first-prize winner in the 1993 Guitar Foundation of
America, the 1994 American String Teachers Association, and the
1993 Artists International Competition. Most notably, Mr. Gallagher
also earned the distinct honor of being the only American classical
guitarist ever to win first prize in the prestigious Francisco
Tárrega Guitar Competition in Spain (1997).
Following his studies at Julliard, Mr. Gallagher
gave many classical guitar performances and masterclasses throughout
the world, including those in Spain, Germany, Sweden, Greece,
Turkey, Brazil, and England. His recording for Naxos Records entitled Guitar Recital- Music from
the Renaissance and Baroque was hailed as "...one of the
very best NAXOS guitar recordings"
by Classical Guitar Magazine in 2000.
Kevin is also the leader and founder of the chamber rock quartet, Electric Kompany