Brad Conroy is a versatile guitarist, performer, and pedagogue who specializes in the art and scholarship of the classical guitar. Brad performs from a diverse repertoire which begins at the Renaissance and goes through to the 21st century, often including his own compositions, improvisations, and new works which have been dedicated to him.
He has given concerts across the United States and abroad, with appearances that include Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, the International Guitar Festival in Brno, Czech Republic, the Western Illinois University International Guitar Festival, for the Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago Classical Guitar Society, the Czech Guitar Society, as well as a private concert for Caroline Kennedy and her entourage.
Since 2009 Conroy has contributed to music journalism as a staff writer with Guitar International where he writes lessons, reviews, and interviews with many of today’s leading artists.
During the summer of 2013 Brad received a scholarship to study with Vladislav Blaha and Judicael Perroy in Brno, Czech Republic, where he was a Young Artist in Residence performing throughout the region.
Brad finished his B.M. at Northeastern Illinois University (cum laude) with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance where he studied with 19th century scholar Dr. Brian Torosian, and furthered his music studies with a M.M. in Classical Guitar Performance at The Chicago College of Performing Arts, the music conservatory at Roosevelt University where he studied with world renowned guitarists Denis Azabagic and Sergio Assad.
Brad Conroy is on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, and he heads the guitar program at Elgin Community College.
Javier Calderon, Lorenzo Micheli, Paul Henry, Duo Assad, David Leisner, Waller Maxwell Duo, Judicael Perroy, Fareed Haque, Oscar Ghiglia, Vladislav Blaha, Pamela Kimmel, Petar Jankovic, Milan Tesar, and the LAGQ amongst others.
David Sussman, Dr. Brian Torosian, Denis Azabagic, Sergio Assad, Paul Henry, Vladislav Blaha, Michael McKissack, Dr. David Schrader.