About James Lorusso
James Lorusso has devoted most of his life to the guitar
for the past 40 years, as a performer, teacher, arranger, composer.
He has taught at the
Music Conservatory of Westchester since 1973,
Manhattanville College since 1976, and
Westchester Community College since 1993.
His love of Renaissance and Baroque music, arranging works
from piano, harpsichord, and lute, and his studies with Narciso
Yepes led him to play the 10-string guitar in 1978. After placing
in several international competitions, he gave his New York
debut in CAMI hall in 1984. He still performs on both the traditional
6-string and 10-string guitar, as a soloist as well as in duo
with his wife, MaryAnn, who is also a guitarist and Renaissance
To Motivate & Inspire
Constantly looking for new ways to motivate and inspire his
students, Mr. Lorusso has arranged many popular songs and classical
pieces, and has also composed many short works, all of these
on a variety of levels, giving more flexibility to the teaching
process. Many pieces on many levels means there is something
for everybody. This has been done with the goal of creating
a smooth and more interesting transition from the most basic
to a very advanced level of playing. The result is a fresh new
approach for classical and fingerstyle guitar.