Nicholas Goluses

Professor of Guitar





“Goluses is masterly, a musician’s musician.”  American Record Guide

“Goluses produced an elegant sound.  And the finales, taken dangerously fast, were accurate, transparent, and impressively articulated.  Mr. Goluses gave persuasive, energetic readings.”   The New York Times

“Goluses reached the highest levels of instrumental virtuosity.” Generalanzeiber (Bonn, Germany)

“Nicholas Goluses is a true American master.”  Twentieth Century Guitar

“Wit, charm, virtuosity, and depth of feeling, adding up to the humanity to which all artists should aspire.  A model of virtuosic display.  Goluses was dazzling.” New Jersey Star Ledger

Nicholas Goluses is Professor of Guitar, founder and director of the guitar programs at the Eastman School of Music, where he is the 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, and was the recipient of 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, CAPES (Brazil).  In addition his students hold numerous professorships throughout the US, 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, Heidelberg Symphony, and the Macon Symphony among others.  He enjoys an active 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 for NAXOS.  Goluses has received wide critical and audience acclaim for his CD of sonatas of Johann Sebastian Bach: “Played with masterly control of form and substance” (Cleveland Plains Dealer);  of his CD of late guitar works of Fernando Sor, Fanfare wrote: “Nicholas Goluses plays superlatively” and Classical Guitar (London) wrote “his performance compels the highest praise.”  He has recorded two duo CDs with Bonita Boyd for Albany Records (Chronicles of Discovery and Quicksilver), and Night Strings with violist George Taylor.  His newest solo CD, “From Afar”, with works by Britten, Schwantner, Ponce, Falla, and Theodorakis was released last year.  

Committed to performing new music for the guitar, Goluses has given world première performances of over 100 works, including solo pieces, concertos for guitar and orchestra, as well as chamber music by many of today’s leading composers.  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.

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