Neil Gladd was born in 1955, received a B.A. in Music from Virginia Tech in 1978, and is a classical mandolinist / composer currently based in the Washington, DC area. His compositions run the gamut from ragtime and musical parodies to serious modern concert works (including one 12-tone piece). His most performed works are the Sonata for Solo Mandolin, and The Red Bach Book: Three Rags After Bach (for mandolin orchestra). Mr. Gladd is entirely self-taught as mandolinist, and has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, at mandolin festivals in Germany, Sweden, Belgium and Japan, as well as in recital in Canada, England, France and throughout the U.S. He has also performed orchestral mandolin parts with both the National Symphony, under Leonard Slatkin, and the Philadelphia Orchestra under Rostropovitch. Among his future projects are a CD of contemporary American mandolin music and a book on composing for the mandolin. In his spare time, Mr. Gladd works as a Performing Arts Examiner in the United States Copyright Office.