A critically acclaimed virtuoso of plucked instruments, John Schneiderman specializes in the performance practice and repertoire of 18th-century lutes and 19th-century guitars. Schneiderman is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician collaborating on recordings and performances throughout North America.
The young Schneiderman began his performance career at age nine as a banjo, guitar, bass and fiddle player. He was a familiar face on the stages of bluegrass and folk festivals throughout California. Today, he continues his interest in early American music performing traditional Appalachian fiddle tunes in a clawhammer style on the five-string banjo.
He studied with British guitar pedagogue and author Frederick Noad and continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, with the great modern pioneer of the Baroque lute, Eugen Dombois. Mr. Dombois’ precise and detailed approach to the repertoire continues notably to influence Schneiderman’s interpretations today.
Based in California, Schneiderman is a member of the chamber ensembles Galanterie and The Czar’s Guitars, and has performed with the Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Seattle Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Chanticleer, Musica Pacifica and the American Bach Soloists. His extensive discography, much of it rarely or never before recorded lute and guitar music, includes CDs on the Titanic, AudioQuest, Dorian, Centaur, VGo and Profil:Edition Günter Hänssler labels. Schneiderman is currently on the faculties of the University of California, Irvine; Irvine Valley College and Orange Coast College, and has been on the faculties of California State University, Long Beach and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.