Gulli Björnsson

Gulli B.

Tempe, AZ

Lesson Details

Electric Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a versatile and experienced performer, and I have had opportunities to perform in a variety of contexts. As a soloist, I have given solo recitals and performed as a featured soloist with the MSM Symphony and the Yale Philharmonia. My diverse collaborative experiences have allowed me to develop a vast knowledge of chamber music repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary works. As a result, I know that I would be able to thoughtfully select repertoire for my students and program innovative, exciting student recitals.
I consider myself to be a versatile guitarist and perform equally on classical and electric guitar. I love playing and teaching all kinds of different styles including classical, jazz, rock, pop, fingerstyle, blues, folk, bossanova and flamenco. Although I have experience performing music of all genres, I am particularly passionate about performing contemporary works as well as composing new works. Studying recently composed music is a crucial part of a musician’s education, and I always encourage students to explore new and unfamiliar works. Contemporary music forces us to stretch and adjust our ears, technique, and artistic instincts. I have had opportunities to works with legendary composers like Terry Riley and Angelo Gilardino and have exciting upcoming projects with my duo partner Ji Yeon Kim, who is the new guitar professor at Arizona State University.
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Gulli delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Guitar lessons and tutoring from award winning guitarist and composer (Tempe)

Hi, my name is Gulli Bjornsson :)

I'm a 26 years old guitarist and composer from Iceland! I finished my Master's degree in guitar from Yale two months ago and just moved to Tempe with my partner this month. I also hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Since 2014, I have worked as a private guitar teacher, providing guitar lessons to students of all ages and abilities. I specialize in teaching classical, acoustic, fingerstyle, and electric guitar but I am open to any style you want to focus on!

If you are new to guitar playing I will get you started with the correct technique! I get so many students who've had bad teachers that taught them incorrectly giving the students bad tension problems and awkward hands. It can be difficult to change those bad habits but with me you can be sure you will be going the right direction from the get go :)

I love all sort of music and am open to all styles. If you are interested in composing your own music I can give you compositional lessons to help make your songs even greater!

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Sep 2015 - Jun 2018
Yale School of Music
Sep 2010 - May 2014
Manhattan School of Music


Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Honors and awards
Sep 2018

Winner of Notan competition 2010
Winner of the Lilian Fuch’s Chamber Music Competition 2013
American String Teacher’s Association National Solo Competition Finalist 2013 Andrés Segovia Award 2014
International Young Talents Competition Finalist 2015
European Guitar Award Finalist 2016
Guitar Festival Rust International Composition Competition 2nd Prize 2017
Changsha International Guitar Composition Competition Final Four 2017
Eliot Fisk Prize 2018

Grant as an 'exceptional young artist' from Kopavogur 2011
Grant from Valitor 2012
Augustine Endowed Scholarship 2011-12, 2012-13
International Advisory Board Scholarship 2013-14
Fulbright Scholarship 2015
Irving S. Gilmore Scholarship & Fellowship 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 Thor Thor’s Grant from The American Scandinavian Foundation 2016 Grant from Landsbankinn 2016

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Honors and awards
Sep 2018

Photos & Videos

Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla for guitar
Photo by Gulli B.

Photo by Gulli B.


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