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James Baird, Classical Guitarist - Biography

Internationally acclaimed Classical Guitarist James Baird has spent over 40 years honing his musical skills. Mr. Baird received his guitar performance degree from the Mannes College of Music, under the tutelage of Frederick Hand. At Mannes, James formed the soprano and classical guitar duo of Bartos and Baird. The duo performed throughout Latin America, Mexico and New York City, also giving master classes at the Conservatory in Santo Domingo. Mr. Baird frequently performs as solo guitarist, with Baird/Wyton Flute & Guitar Duo and other chamber music ensembles; he has played throughout The United States and Canada.

As a much sought after instructor of classical guitar theory and practice, Mr. Baird teaches classical guitar at the Cider Mill Conservatory in Wilton, CT and privately in his Milford studio. Students come from as far away as New York and many points north to study with Mr. Baird.

As co-founder and president of the New England Guitar Society, (newenglandguitar.org) James assists in providing a concert venue to internationally acclaimed artists throughout the world. Housed at the Milford Fine Arts Council, The New England Guitar Society monthly meetings create a nurturing environment for classical guitarists to meet, share ideas, perform, compose, teach and grow as musicians.

Mr. Baird contributes regularly to the guitar repertoire transcribing music for solo guitar and for chamber ensembles with classical guitar, including a book of music for Christmas. His book, as well as arrangements of many popular classical masterworks, is available on the Web at www.bairdguitar.com.

Mr. Baird is married to actress Sharon Foy Baird, and resides in Milford, Connecticut with their two cats, Baxter and Cissy.

James Baird, classical guitarist performing New England Guitar Society
James Baird performing: New England Guitar Society.
James plays guitars by Tom Bazzolo and
Thomas Humphrey.

Barbara Wyton, flutist, and James Baird, classical guitarist
Barbara Wyton and James Baird


Noche de Gala -
Celebrating Florida's Spanish History
James Baird was in St Augustine Florida, the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the United States, performing music from the Spanish colonial period of "La Florida". The Noche de Gala, at the Lightner Museum, is St. Augustine’s most exciting social event of the year. It celebrates the birthday of Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, the first governor of St Augustine, who was sent by the Spanish crown in 1565. James' solo classical guitar selections included music by the Spanish Renaissance and Baroque composers Luis de Milán, Alonso Mudarra, Luis de Narváez, Enríquez de Valderrábano, Miguel de Fuenllana, Gaspar Sanz, Francisco Guerau, and Santiago de Murcia.
James Baird at Lightner Museum
James at the Noche de Gala
Lightner Museum, St Augustine FL

 

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