"the soul of an artist...virtuosity of the highest caliber and a heightened sense of musicality" -
Matt Palmer ranks among the elite virtuosos of his generation of classical guitarists. Recipient
of the 2010 “Up and Coming Guitarist of the Year” award by Guitar International, Matt is
gaining worldwide recognition as a virtuosic and soulful concert artist. His performances have
been described as “powerful and emotional,” and “highly expressive and technically virtuosic.”
An active performer, winner of numerous international guitar competitions, and author of the
method “Effortless Technique,” Matt is emerging as a major force in the modern guitar world.
His debut CD, Un tiempo fue Itálica famosa, has been applauded by Guitar International as
“an album of the highest quality. Palmer performs with flawless technique, deep levels of
personal expression, and an artistic integrity that seems far too rare these days.” Classical
Voice of North Carolina proclaims Matt’s “positively nuclear” debut displays “stunning
precision and unwavering accuracy enclosed in a huge dynamic envelope.”
Primarily self-taught as a youth, he began his formal studies at age 20 with Dr. William
Yelverton at Middle Tennessee State University, and has since received his M.M. at
Appalachian State University, where he studied with Dr. Douglas James. Matt is currently in
the final stages of a D.M.A. degree at The University of Arizona under the guidance of
Professor Thomas Patterson, and receives further instruction from Artists-in-Residence David
Russell, Sergio Assad, and Odair Assad.
Matt has had the honor of studying in masterclasses with world-renowned artists, including
Pepe Romero, David Tanenbaum, Andrew York, Lorenzo Micheli, Marcin Dylla, Scott Tennant,
Denis Azabagic, David Starobin, Roland Dyens, and Aniello Desiderio, among others.
In demand as a performer and teacher, Matt Palmer has performed and lectured at numerous
guitar festivals including The Las Vegas Guitar Festival, Tennessee Guitar Festival,
Interlochen Guitar Festival, WIU Guitar Festival, Tucson International Guitar Festival,
Appalachian Guitarfest, and Texas A&M Guitar Symposium. In addition, his pioneering scale
method and workshop has been recognized as a valuable addition to guitar pedagogy. Matt
Palmer is a Strings By Mail sponsored artist.
Program to be announced...
|Sunday, April 22, 2012. 5:00 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church