David Margolis

Guitar Teacher

David Margolis

SAA Member


Pasadena, CA
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Born in Ohio, David Margolis grew up in a musical family and started playing the guitar at age 8, learning mostly by ear and with the help of his father. At 9, he began formal lessons, which he continued with the conductor/composer/guitarist Loris Chobanian at Merner-Phfeifer Conservatory. During this time, Margolis performed in several small concerts and received some awards for his musicianship and talent. In 2007, he graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music, receiving his Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance with Jason Vieaux.

In the fall of 2007, David decided to move to Europe to continue his education. He spent a total of 5 years living in Germany and The Netherlands, where he received his Master in Music and Soloist Diploma in classical guitar performance under the guidance of some of the foremost artists in the field. (Carlo Marchione in the Netherlands, and Aniello Desiderio in Germany). During his time there, he also gave chamber and solo concerts, including a performance of Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Rheinische Philharmonie.

As a teacher, Margolis believes that learning how to play the guitar can be a wonderfully rewarding adventure; and while the learning process should be an overall positive experience, it also requires hard work, dedication, and patience. His teaching philosophy and methodology is an assimilation of his own experience working with highly esteemed performers and teachers, his nearly 10 years of teaching students in the U.S. and abroad, and from his training in the popular and highly reputed Suzuki Guitar Method, in which he is a certified teacher. He enjoys teaching students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds.