NEIL GLADD (b 1955 )
Neil Gladd received his B.A. in Music from Virginia Tech in 1978, and is currently based in the Washington, DC area. He has appeared as a mandolin soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, at mandolin festivals in Germany, Sweden, Belgium and Japan, as well as in recital in Canada, England, France and throughout the United States of America. His repertoire ranges from Bach to Vaudeville to contemporary music, and more than a dozen new works have been written for him. In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. Gladd is a composer and a leading authority on mandolin history and recordings. He has appeared on national television on the PBS American Experience series (If You Knew Sousa) and onstage as a costumed musician for the Shakespeare Theatre's productions of The Comedy of Errors and Much Ado About Nothing (with Kelly McGillis and David Selby). In 2000, he performed at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, and the Choral Arts Society, in addition to playing with the Wolf Trap Opera Company and the Philadelphia Orchestra under Rostropovich.
Mr. Gladd has taught mandolin at Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music, as well as at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC. He was the Music Editor of Plucked String Editions, as well as the first editor of both the Classical Mandolin Society of America Newsletter and Mandolin Quarterly. Among his future projects are a CD of American mandolin music, a mandolin discography, and a book on composing for the mandolin. In his spare time, Mr. Gladd works as a Performing Arts Examiner in The United States Copyright Office.