As a guitarist and pedagogue, Dr. Matthew Anderson has distinguished himself in the musical world in a number of ways. He is a founding member of the Athens Guitar Duo, and over the past decade his concertizing and teaching have taken him all over the world. He has performed for such distinguished individuals as former president Jimmy Carter and world-renowned guitarist Christopher Parkening; and, as a member of the Athens Guitar Duo, he is currently both a Claudio Records Artist and a Hill Guitar Company Artist. As a competitor, Matthew won First Prize and Convention Recitalist in the 2003 Georgia Music Teachers Association Spring Competition and was a semi-finalist in the 2007 Columbus State University Guitar Symposium International Competition. Matthew’s performance activities have included solo and duo tours across the United States, several duo tours of Europe as well as a tour of China, a performance of Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres,” and a performance and upcoming recording of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Romancero Gitano” for guitar with mixed choir. Matthew’s recording activities have included chamber music, pedagogical recordings, and session work. His most recent recording is the Athens Guitar Duo’s sophomore album, Recuerdos, which was released on the Claudio Records label and distributed internationally by Naxos. As a clinician, Matthew has given masterclasses and presentations throughout the world, and in 2013 he performed and taught at the Grumo Music Festival in Tesero, Italy. He currently serves as the Director of Education and Outreach for the Atlanta Guitar Guild, where he developed an “Artists in Residence” program that places guitarists in middle and high school guitar programs for a day to give concerts and workshops. Equally at home on electric guitar, Matthew has been a major proponent and participant in developing a collegiate guitar pedagogy that focuses on the ability to transition between the techniques and styles of classical, electric, and steel-string acoustic guitars. He is an active performer of works that fall under the “art electric” heading, including Steve Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint” and Eve Beglarian’s “Until it Blazes.” Matthew began serious guitar studies as a Presidential Scholar with renowned instructor John Sutherland at Georgia State University. He graduated summa cum laude with Distinction from Georgia State University’s School of Music. Matthew chose to continue his studies with John Sutherland at the University of Georgia under the prestigious University-Wide Teaching Assistantship in the areas of guitar and music theory, going on to receive both his masters and doctoral degrees in performance. In addition to studies with Mr. Sutherland, Matthew has performed in masterclasses with Paul O’Dette, Matteo Mela, Simone Fontanelli, Patrick Lui, and Christopher Parkening. Matthew is Assistant Professor of Guitar at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, where he also serves as the Co-Director of the Reinhardt Contemporary Arts Festival and Music Program Coordinator. He lives with his wife and two children in north Atlanta.
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