Mr. George England
Guitarist and lutenist George England grew up in an artistic home steeped in the traditions of American folk and jazz music. While his training is rooted in the traditions of European classical music, his relationship with the guitar remains exploratory. His performances often include works from the Renaissance to the present day on modern and historical period instruments in solo and ensemble settings.
George was awarded a Fender Instruments Corporation Grant in 2004 to study jazz at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and the Andrés Segovia Memorial Endowment in 2005 to pursue classical guitar at California State University Northridge (CSUN). In 2008 he was a finalist in the Sierra Nevada International Solo Guitar Competition and received 1st Prize at the Festival of New American Music Performer’s Competition in Sacramento, California. He has since enrolled as a scholarship recipient at Stony Brook University in New York, where he is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
George has taught guitar privately and has lead before/after-school guitar programs at elementary schools in Fairfield (outside San Francisco Bay Area), Sacramento, and Los Angeles since 2002. He has since taught beginning to advanced guitar as an adjunct faculty member at CSUN and Yuba Community College before relocating to New York in 2013.
George currently lives in the New York City borough of Queens and is active as lutenist and guitarist with the Stony Brook Baroque Players, with his trio Third Person Narrative, and he frequently performs with soprano Kathleen Elizabeth O’Rourke.
George’s teaching philosophy incorporates a balance of approaches to help students become not only well rounded musicians, but engaged learners. Some of the skills his students gain are: listening, imitation, improvisation, memorization, reading, performance and rehearsal techniques, and composition. By utilizing the Suzuki principles and repertoire, George’s students cultivate a sense of joy in the learning process. Private and group lessons, parent education, recitals and peer encouragement are the tools that helped Mr. England learn the instrument and are in turn the tools he strives to pass along to his students.