Eric Cabalo

“Exhibited elegant phrasing”


Eric Cabalo is a multi-award winning performer and educator. An engaging performer, Eric’s creative programs exemplify his diversity as a musician. From the pristine passages of Francisco da Milano to the intricate polyrhythms of Dusan Bogdanovic Eric is able to take the listener through a musical journey.

Eric began playing the guitar at the age of ten when he became fascinated by watching his father play Johnny Cash songs on the guitar. Upon hearing Spanish guitar music as a teen, Eric’s future path was laid out. He went on to study classical guitar at the University of Redlands where he received his Bachelor of Music degree under Terry Graves and Kenton Youngstrom of the Falla Trio.  In 1997, Eric received his Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied performance, composition, and improvisation with internationally acclaimed guitarist/composer Dusan Bogdanovic. He is the recipient of numerous scholarships and grants and has performed in the master classes or studied with such distinguished guitarists as: Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Christopher Parkening, David Russell, David Tanenbaum and Jose Tomas.

Eric has recorded a CD of South American guitar music titled, Evocacíon. Eric is active as a soloist and chamber musician. He performs regularly with guitarist Stuart Green as the Cabalo/Green Duo. Eric is also a highly popular local guitarist performing frequently at winery events, weddings and concerts in Healdsburg, Marin, Napa and Sonoma. 

A dedicated educator, Eric is on faculty at Sonoma State University where he is the Director of classical guitar studies.  In addition he teaches privately and is the Founder/Director of Cabalo Guitar Studio, a guitar program providing classical guitar instruction for children and adults in Santa Rosa, CA. Eric has also published two method books; Class Guitar Method (used by several colleges) and GuitarPlay, a classical guitar method for children. When he’s not teaching, performing or practicing he enjoys cooking, tennis, CrossFit and spending time with family and friends.

© Eric Cabalo