R.J. Zimmerman has been teaching and performing in the Pittsburgh area since the early 90’s. R.J. earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance From Virginia Commonwealth University. He then returned to Pittsburgh to work on a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma in Jazz Guitar performance at Duquesne University, where he studied with Mark Koch, Joe Negri and Tom Kikta. While at Duquesne his love for Jazz continued to grow and he began using classical guitar techniques in a jazz setting. He has performed in master classes with Jimmy Bruno, Henry Johnson, Jesus Silva, David Russell, and Dennis Koster.
R.J. is currently an Adjunct Professor of Guitar at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. At Duquesne University R.J. teaches Guitar for Music Therapy, Guitar for Music Education, Discovering Music with the Guitar, as well as, Applied Jazz Guitar. R.J. continues to teach privately and perform in the Pittsburgh area. He is also the Workshop Coordinator for the Duquesne University Guitar and Bass Workshop and is a member of the Board of Advisers for the Guitar Society of Fine Arts. R.J. is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. R.J. endorses Benedetto Guitars.