Educator Testimonials

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Hudson Jazzworks Online Composer Series

Diálogos Duo Mannes Residency

Diálogos Duo during their MANNES DUO RESIDENCY which used Richard Boukas' suite "A Dozen Choro Tributes" as repertoire. CLICK PHOTO for more details

“Thanks to Diálogos Duo for developing and implementing this truly unique artistic collaboration with our guitar and clarinet students. What an amazing opportunity to learn so much about the cultural context of Brazilian Choro and work with Richard and Louis Arques to create great performances of the music.”

Michael Newman
Guitar and Chamber Music Faculty
Mannes School of Music, New School
Co-founding Artistic Director
New York Guitar Seminar

"Richard Boukas is equally as brilliant, prolific, determined and enduring as a guitarist, composer, bandleader and educator. I’ve known him for well over 40 years, and he still has the goods! View his presentation in our Online Composers Series that is generously filled with insights."

Armen Donelian 
Co-Director, Hudson Jazzworks


"His artist residencies distill decades of educational and performing experience into cutting-edge pedagogy and inspirational performances of the highest musical and technical caliber. You’ll be astonished at the breadth and depth he can offer– from Brazilian, jazz, classical and early music to improvisation, guitar, vocal and aural skills, small ensemble to big band, and more!"

Malcolm Lynn Baker
director of Jazz Studies and Commercial Music
Lamont School of Music, Univ. of Denver

"Richard Boukas has dedicated more than thirty-five years of his career to the complex and multi-faceted universe of Brazilian music. As a fellow Brazilophile I find profound and comprehensive expertise evidenced in his performance practice, composing and arranging skills, and knowledge of history and repertoire.

He brings complete musicianship, mastery of his topic, impressive organizational skills, and infectious enthusiasm to his lectures and workshops. He is a perfect example of an educator who began as and remains a talented, informed, and skilled practitioner, and who dedicates himself to sharing his knowledge in passionate and cogent presentations.

His three-day visit included workshops and seminars on musical perception and improvisation, presented in fluent Portuguese, which were extremely valuable and well-received by students and colleagues alike. We look forward to having him back.

Clifford Korman, D.M.A.

Professor of Brazilian Popular Music
UniRio, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


"Richard Boukas offered our students an incredibly inspiring residency. His workshops were well-designed and gave everyone a chance to experience Brazilian music first-hand through actual performance. The evening's concert was a great success, enlightening and infectious. It was obvious to all that he is world-class performer and educator. We would love to have him return."

Mike Tracy
director of Jazz Studies
University of Louisville, KY

"Richard's workshops at CCM were really marvelous– informative, enthusiastic, and extremely engaging with our students– who left with a great sense of excitement about Brazilian music. He is a musician and teacher of the highest order."

Phil DeGreg
pianist, professor of Jazz Studies, emeritus
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, OH

"Richard Boukas is an established expert on Brazilian jazz, and his clinics exhibited a contagious exuberance and passion for the music and the culture."

Chase Sanborn
professor of Jazz Studies
University of Toronto

"He is a true model for all young (and not so young) musicians, and has demonstrated, in the flesh, the meaning of comprehensive musicianship with his multifaceted excellence as composer, vocalist, instrumentalist and pedagogue. Thank you for a wonderfully inspiring week."

Ricardo Iznaola
Chair of Guitar Department and Conservatory Division, emeritus
Lamont School of Music, Univ. of Denver, CO

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