Classical guitarist George Bachmann has been a faculty member at Kent State University since 1983. Bachmann is a native of northeast Ohio and is frequently found performing throughout the area. He earned his bachelor of music performance degree from the University of Akron in 1975 where he studied with Jerry Williard and Joseph Breznikar. He went on to complete his masters of music degree in performance at Kent State University under the tutelage of Christoph Harlan. He has most recently had the opportunity to work with Brazilian concert and recording artist, Carlos Barbosa-Lima.
Bachmann is currently an artist-in-residence with the Canton Symphony and has performed with them as a soloist on three occasions. He performed for many years with fellow guitarist, Richard Englehart, as one half of the Bachmann-Englehart Duo. One of their many performances was recorded live by WKSU and rebroadcast later. The duo has a recording entitled Music of Latin America and Spain.
Besides performing solo recitals, he frequently collaborates with other musicians such as fellow Kent colleague, Diane McCloskey, flutist, and also Russian mezzo-soprano, Helen Sain. Bachmann is a favorite performer at Borders Music in Fairlawn, and is currently working on a new recording of guitar solos. Ohio composer, Richard Holsworth, composed and dedicated his Line Games in 1991 to him. Bachmann's students have gone on to notoriety from coast to coast including Richard Stone of New York City, a performer and recording artist, and Michael LeFevre, a winner of several prestigious guitar competitions in the Pacific northwest.
Bachmann feels strongly about his music and his community, and performs whenever and wherever he can to promote them both. He is the music leader of a group of local ministers who conduct services at the Juvenile Detention Center in Akron. He performs at the Miller School for the Performing Arts in Akron, and has been a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America for eight years. He will, on occasion, perform on the Renaissance lute as a soloist and as an accompanist to singers.
Bachmann lives in West Akron with his wife, Jan, and two sons, Benjamin and David.