Guitarist/Composer/Educator Benett Zussman earned his Master’s degree in Improvised Music with an emphasis on Jazz and Flamenco guitar from San Jose State University . His BA is in Classical Guitar Performance under the guidance of the late, great Cuban classical guitarist José Rey de la Torrre.
From 1990-2000 Ben taught at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View CA. where he created and directed the CSMA Rock and Blues ensemble. A Bay Area native, Ben has been on the board of the South Bay Guitar Society since 1993, where he has been a featured soloist, clinician and educator through the City of San José’s Office of Cultural Affairs school outreach program Arts Express, the American Red Cross’ Katrina Relief Benefit and the yearly arts festival Tapestry and Talent. He is a featured soloist for the Ka 'u' Concert Society on the Big Island of Hawaii annually in December.
In 2006 Ben released his first recording, Roundtrip, a collection of new works, arrangements and compositions for solo guitar. On this project he discovered the powerful world of Pro Tools and computers in music, and now he teaches an online course in home recording for Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, where he also teaches Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Classical Guitar. At Deanza College in Cupertino he is an instructor for a beginning classical guitar course.
Ben performed in the pit orchestra for the show "Anything Goes" by Cole Porter at Foothill College during July 2010. In addition to concerts, outreach programs and clinics, Ben also performs solo or ensemble special events in weddings, corporate and private parties. Rounding out Ben’s teaching career is his active teaching studio in Los Gatos, offering instruction in acoustic, electric and bass guitars.