B.M. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Guitar Performance
M.M. Indiana University, Guitar Performance
Louis Cucunato is a classical guitarist, arranger, and composer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He studied piano at the age of 6 and switched to the guitar around 13. He studied classical guitar with Elina Chekan in the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Pre-College program and was a teaching assistant at the UW-Milwaukee Suzuki Pre-College Workshop in 2009. He received his B.F.A. from UW-Milwaukee in Classical Guitar Performance cum laude under the guidance of Rene Izquierdo. At the age of 18,he won second place in The Society of American Musicians Guitar Senior Division Competiton. He is a local teacher and performer, and has even performed previously in the St John’s Cathedral Concert Series in summer ’13 with his sister (violin). He has played in master classes for some of the most internationally-renowned guitarists and musicians which include Benjamin Verdery, Marcin Dylla, Lorenzo Micheli, William Kanengiser, Deniz Azabagic, Carlos Rafael Rivera (composer), and Jakob Lindberg (lute). He is pursuing his Performer Diploma at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, taking lessons from the maestro Ernesto Bitetti. He performs with the Jacobs Guitar Ensemble during the academic year, and is currently an Associate Instructor in the Jacobs Guitar Department. His lives in his hometown Wauwatosa during the summer between academic years at IU.
Louis J. Cucunato – Variations on a Theme by Mozart (Magic Flute) – Fernando Sor
Ross Coughanour – John Rutter – Gather ye Rosebuds (Shadows)
Shadows (Selections) – John Rutter