Richard Falkenstein Department Chair; Associate Professor

Richard Falkenstein

Phone: 888-2407

BFA - State University of New York at Buffalo
MA - State University of New York at Buffalo
PhD - State University of New York at Buffalo

Richard Falkenstein is a scholar of the lute music of the Italian Renaissance. He received a doctoral degree in musicology from the University at Buffalo, where he studied as a Woodburn Fellow. His current publications include introductions to editions of music by Francesco da Milano and Vincenzo Galilei (Editions Minkoff, Geneca) and a monograph on Perino Fiorentino (Journal of the Lute Society of America). For two decades he has performed on lute and guitar in the Buffalo area as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, most notably with the Buffalo Guitar Quartet (BGQ). While a member of the BGQ, Falkenstein made concert tours throughout the United States as well as in Poland, Russia and South America. He has also recorded with the BGQ for Centaur and New World Records. During the 1990s, he and the members of the BGQ were Artists-in-Residence at Canisius College. 

  • 1600-1750 (Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Handel, Bach)
  • Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven
  • Middle Ages - present