Guitarist Joseph Pecoraro is recognized as a highly-accomplished concert and recording artist, teacher and author. As a recitalist he appears as soloist, chamber musician, and with orchestra across the United States and abroad. Recent seasons’ schedules feature performances in France, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, and across the U.S., including solo recitals at the Kennedy Center, the Washington Library, and the Chicago Cultural Center. These include appearances in Houston, Denver, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Charleston, Washington D.C., Paris, Geneva, and Bologna. He has performed as featured soloist with numerous Symphony Orchestras and vocal ensembles, and collaborated with dozens of prominent singers and instrumentalists.
Pecoraro’s commercial recordings present stylistically diverse repertoire from around the globe. His most-recent releases include ‘Perennials’, which features world-premiere solo guitar works by noted American Composers, as well as the holiday recording ‘This Little Light’ with multi-Grammy-winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey. He is also author of the widely-acclaimed music-reading text “Read this First”. In addition to his recital career, Pecoraro also performs traditional Celtic-inspired music, jazz and fingerstyle guitar.
Mr. Pecoraro joined the artist-faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 1998 as a full-time professor of guitar-teaching graduate, college and high school guitar majors. Previous higher-education teaching positions include Salem College, Indiana University, and the University of Colorado. He is in frequent demand as a guest clinician and has served on the regular faculties