James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition

June 4 - 7, 2020

presented in cooperation with the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and the

Cleveland Institute of Music

James Stroud (USA) James Stroud is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia where he studied Classical guitar with Joanne Castellani. He received his Masters degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Akron where he was a graduate assistant of Stephen Aron. During this time he performed in master classes with Manuel Barreuco, Oscar Ghiglia, and David Russell. 

For the last fifteen years Jim has sponsored and served as a judge for the Stroud All Ohio Classical Guitar Competition held at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has also been a judge for Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour's Six String Theory Competition in its Classical Guitar Division.

In addition, Jim is a collector of fine hand-made classical guitars by luthiers from around the world. His collection includes guitars made in the U.S.A., Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and Australia.