Born: January 5, 1983 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Classical, Jazz and Studio guitarist David Veslocki has performed in venues such as Avery Fisher, the Stone, the Bushnell, the 92nd Street Y, has degrees from Yale University and Eastman School of music in Jazz and Classical guitar performance, has won awards such as the Elliot Fisk Award, and Downbeats Best New Pop Rock Group.
It is no wonder that Benjamin Verdery described David in the following way; “David Veslocki is an example of a new breed of classical guitarists whose musical gifts allow them to excel in several different musical arenas.” David Veslocki is one of the few guitarists today who can really play the great classical literature, and improvise. David graduated from the Eastman School of Music as the Schools first Jazz and Classical guitar double majors, and holds a Masters Degree and Artist Diploma from Yale University.
While at Eastman, “Mr. Veslocki has developed a refined technique, an exquisite tone and a sophistocated sense of style and artistry”- Nicholas Goluses. David focuses primarily on the Lute Suites of J.S. Bach, the complete Etudes of Heitor Villa-Lobos, the works of Toru Takemitsu and Augustin Mangore Barrios in his repetoire. While at the school, David gave a world premier of faculty member Ricardo Muldoon’s “Guitango”, performed with jazz giants Clark Terry, and Conrad Herwig, was featured soloist with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and performed with the Rochester Philharmonic.
David Has received the Elliot Fisk Award while at Yale, an award given to a guitarist who most contributed to the environment of Yale University, who possesses a great technique and Artistry. Also while at Yale, David collaborated with several of his peers and John Adams, putting on a performance of Adams’ “Scratchband” at the Beinecke Rare Books Library. David Performed in masterclasses while at Yale for Elliot Fisk, Sharon Isbin, Anthony Newman, the Eden-Stell Duo, Jose Cabanero, Fred Hand, and Frank Tirro. David World Premiered “10,000 Cranes” a piece for studio orchestra and electric guitar by composer Pete Wier in Avery Fisher hall in 06. David Also performed the Vivaldi Guitar Concerto, with the Giovanni Solisti Orchestra in 2007.
As a Jazz and studio guitarist David has performed many times at the Hartford Jazz Festival, the Litchfield Jazz Festival, Hartford Jazz and Roses, and won best New Pop Rock Band with his group “Groove Brewery” in 2000. David was featured on the front page of the Hartford courant at the age of 14 with his band Funk Brothers United, with whom he performed on the same bill as Kool and the Gang, and the Average White Band. David also performed with Derek Trucks from the Allman Brothers. David Performed the music of Fred Frith at the Stone in NYC with the Dither Electric guitar quartet. David Performed in a club in London while touring their at the age of 14, holding his own with London’s established Jazz Musicians.
David has been a part of week long recording sessions in the mid west for political pop musician BJ Bleu, doing all of the guitar work for the album “American Salvation”. David has performed in Maui, Hawaii at the Annual Ben Verdery “Guitar Love Event”, and will live in Siena for a month this summer performing and studying.
David Currently teaches at Conard High School and the Community Music School. David Will perform the Ponce Guitar Concerto with the Hartford Symphony in 2008 on Valentines Day. David complete and total thanks to God, to whom he knows all things are made possible.
Awards:Elliot Fisk Award Best Pop Rock Group Downbeat Magazine
Mr. Veslocki has developed a refined technique, an exquisite tone and a sophisticated sense of style and artistry. --Nicholas Goluses
West Hartford, CT
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Conard High School Guitar Department West Hartford CT Community Music School Essex CT
David has been hired for clinics at Suzuki workshops, as well as high schools in Rochester New York, and West Hartford Ct. David has been very successful with his series "Jazz for classical guitarists, Classical Guitar for Jazz Guitarists"- which helps these different musicians start to play outside of their idiom at a comfortable, intelligent rate.