Festival Artist

HARRIS BECKER – guitar and lute

Harris Becker has had a rich and varied career as a guitarist and lutenist. He has performed extensively both as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Mexico, and Canada. His interest in contemporary music has offered him the opportunity to premiere many new solo and ensemble pieces. In addition to his career as a performer he has been very involved in the as an educator, adjudicator, giving master classes, workshops and lectures. Harris Becker is director of guitar studies at LIU Post, and he is on the music faculty at Nassau Community College. Mr. Becker has been on the music faculties of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and the International Institute for Chamber Music at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich. The Florida State Division of Cultural Affairs selected Mr. Becker to be part of Florida's Artist Residency Program, giving lecture/performances on the lute and baroque guitar. In 2007 Mr. Becker received a faculty recognition award for outstanding service from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Long Island University. Mr. Becker is Director of the Long Island Guitar Festival, which he founded in 1993. He is also co-founder of a summer music festival in rural Quebec: “Songe d’été en Musique”. His recordings include Catgut Flambo with guitarist Pasquale Bianculli and a solo CD Passing Through. “ Becker’s performance of this demanding work – a depiction of one of Australia’s national parks – is lyrical and imaginative” Raymond Tuttle, Classical.net