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Fred Benedetti Guitarist from San Diego, CA

Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 23 Reviews
  • 46 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2017
  • 7 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $200 per hour

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NEW! San Diego Music Hall of Fame inductee 2023! Fred Benedetti has performed all across the globe with his guitar for over 30 years. He studied with the great Andres Segovia and has been featured on numerous CD's as a soloist and as a member of a variety of ensembles. These days he loves to play locally in his home town where he also teaches guitar at SDSU and is the head of the guitar department as a full-time music professor at Grossmont College. He is equally at home with a variety of styles from classical, flamenco, bossa-nova, and popular fingerstyle music and having grown up in Hawaii, also plays the ukulele. Also consider his numerous ensembles: The Benedetti-Svoboda guitar duo (flamenco and gyspy music), The Benedetti Trio (with his daughters performing popular music), The Odeum guitar duo (concert classical music) Camarada (Tango, Celtic, chamber music ensemble) Blurring the Edges (jazz with Peter and Tripp Sprague) Full bio: Fred Benedetti was born in Sasebo, Japan and began playing the guitar at age 9. In 1986 he was one of 12 guitarists chosen worldwide to perform in the Master Class of Andrés Segovia at USC where Guitarra Magazine wrote, "...Fred Benedetti amazed the audience with his performance of the (Bach) Chaconne..." He has also been a performer for the master classes of Pepe Romero, Christopher Parkening, Federico Moreno-Torroba, George Sakellariou, and David Grimes. Fred has performed in the United States, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, Taiwan and Mexico and locally with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, the Starlight Opera, the American Ballet Company, the Old Globe Theatre, Luciano Pavarotti, and jazz artist Dave Brubeck. He is a full-time professor of music at Grossmont College where he is the head of the guitar studies program, and is chair of the guitar program at San Diego State University with colleagues George Svoboda , Robert Wetzel and Celin Romero. Fred is listed in the prestigious "Who's Who Among America's Teachers-2002" and received an "Outstanding Faculty Award" in 2001 from SDSU, the "NISOD" Excellence in Teaching award from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 and an "Outstanding Chair" award in 1990 from Grossmont College. Equally at home playing classical music or contemporary music, he records on the SBE label and Domo Records with five noted ensembles: Camarada (chamber ensemble), Keltik Kharma (a celtic band), The Odeum Guitar Duo, recently given the honor by the magazine, Acoustic Guitar, as being one of the ten best independently produced guitar CDs for the year 2000, "Blurring the Edges" a recipient of the 1994 San Diego Music Awards "Best Pop-Jazz" album of the year featuring jazz musicians Peter ,Tripp, and Hall Sprague, and the acclaimed Benedetti/Svoboda Guitar Duo. As a BMI affiliated composer, Fred has written numerous contemporary pieces for the international CD library company Network Productions and as a studio musician for 30 years his playing is featured on over 100 CD's, numerous movie soundtracks, and TV commercials. He has shared the stage with Mason Williams, Eric Johnson, Doc Watson, Albert Lee, Doyle Dykes, Dan Crary, Art Garfunkel, Basia, Michael Franks, Mark O'Connor, Michael Hedges, and Ottmar Liebert, and has recorded with Willie Nelson, Juice Newton, Paul Overstreet, Patty Loveless, Tom Barabas, Big Mountain, Matthew Lien, Ronny Robbins and William Lee Golden. He has performed for dignitaries such as the King & Queen of Malaysia, Mikhail Gorbachev and Ravi Shankar.


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Review by D M C.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on August 12, 2023From San Diego, CA

Fred is amazingly talented. He played the entire time beautifully.

Fred Benedetti:

Thank you

Review by Tomi F.

Anniversary PartyReviewed on January 28, 2023From La Jolla, CA

It was such a pleasure communicating with Mr. Benedetti for my party. He was very professional and accommodating. He arrived early to set up and promptly started playing beautiful music on time. He had a wonderful smile while playing, you could tell he loved playing his guitar. Several people complimented me for choosing him. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to listen to beautiful guitar music at their event, I would hire him again. BTW before I hired him, I was curious to see if he was on YouTube, he is, watch him, I'm sure you'll be pleased.

Fred Benedetti:

Thank you so much Tomi! It was my pleasure to provide music for your anniversary party, Congratulations again!

Review by Justin C.

Wedding ReceptionReviewed on December 17, 2022From San Diego, CA

Fred was a true professional, in every sense of a performer while at our wedding reception. He was communicative from the early planning stages, flexible with the changing venue plans, was extremely courteous throughout, and most importantly his music sounded incredible during our reception! I had friends and family commenting how great the guitar was! I would absolutely hire Fred again for another event. He is a pleasure to work with.

Fred Benedetti:

Thank you Justin! It was a pleasure to play for your wedding reception. It was a beautiful setting as well! Fred

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Past Events

September 17, 2023 • Private Party
Sun4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Carlsbad, CA
August 12, 2023 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM San Diego, CA
April 15, 2023 • Memorial Service
Sat4:00 PM - 6:00 PM San Diego, CA
April 10, 2023 • Club Event
Mon4:00 PM - 5:00 PM San Diego, CA
January 28, 2023 • Anniversary Party
Sat5:30 PM - 8:00 PM La Jolla, CA
December 17, 2022 • Wedding Reception
Sat5:00 PM - 6:30 PM San Diego, CA
December 11, 2022 • Community Event
Sun2:30 PM - 3:30 PM San Diego, CA
November 26, 2022 • Wedding Reception
Sat4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Del Mar, CA
October 30, 2022 • Wedding Ceremony
Sun4:00 PM - 6:00 PM La Jolla, CA
August 19, 2022 • Corporate Function
Fri6:30 PM - 10:00 PM San Diego, CA
March 30, 2022 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Wed12:00 PM - 12:45 PM San Diego, CA
March 25, 2022 • Resort Event
Fri6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Carlsbad, CA

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