Branden Cravalho is an expressive and passionate classical guitarist and instructor who has studied and performed a wide range of repertoire from modern 20th century composers to the Renaissance. He started as a self-taught electric guitar player, but expanded his growth as a musician when he began studying classical guitar at the Modesto Junior College in California under Dr. David Chapman’s tutelage. Branden has since achieved three degrees in music including a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of Minnesota. Branden enjoys sharing his talents both in concert halls and in a number of unique and intimate settings. The guitar and his pursuit to share a passion for music has led him to explore a diversity of cultures and places from Louisville, Kentucky to Belgrade, Serbia.
In addition to performing, Branden takes pride as an instructor teaching private lessons and in classrooms. These experiences include as a graduate instructor at the University of Minnesota teaching Guitar I and II classes as well as private lessons, in privately owned music studios, as well as independently. Branden’s students have had success meeting both their individual goals and expectations of specific curriculum.
“Ultimately, I strive to inspire others through music like the many influential figures in my own musical journey have inspired me. Whether that be through performance or instruction, there is no greater gift than to be able to share music, experiences, and knowledge with others.”