- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been playing music since the age of four, from nationally competing string quartets to jazz combos to Balkan folk music, but devote the vast majority of my time to bluegrass banjo these days. I was a 2017 FreshGrass Banjo Award finalist and play in several folk and bluegrass bands around Boston.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I started off with violin at the age of four, and picked up mandolin, guitar, and banjo in my teens. I focused on small ensemble playing, especially competitive string quartet. I bounced around from band to band and touched a lot of different genres. Classical gave me extremely solid technical foundations and practice methods, jazz gave me music theory, I learned rhythm from transcribing math rock guitar solos. I started playing folk music with a Klezmer band on the streets of Chicago -- my first experience making money with music. From there, I branched out into Balkan, Irish, and American folk. As I got older, my interest in the banjo became an obsession as I discovered players like Noam Pikelny, Jens Kruger, and Wes Corbett. I ultimately ended up devoting the majority of my energy to it and it has become my primary instrument.
I was a FreshGrass Banjo Award finalist in 2017, and you can find some videos of my playing on jameshanford.org.
A Boston bluegrass band that plays a variety of gigs around town.
A Boston folk band that plays Irish, Bluegrass, and Country standards.
Member of award winning competitive string quartet. First place at St. Paul String Quartet Competition, Rembrandt Chamber Players Competition, and Discover National Chamber Music Competition. Honorable Mention at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.+ Read More