guitarist Michael Beaumont has been performing extensively as soloist, with
chamber ensembles & orchestras throughout the United States for
the past 35 years.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he began his classical studies at
the University of Memphis (formally Memphis State University) with
John Stover, where he became the first
guitarist to be awarded a full performance scholarship. He received
many prizes in competitions including the Music Teacher's National
Association, the Annual Beethoven National Competition & was the
first guitarist to win the coveted String Concerto Competition at
the University of Memphis. His other teachers include Pepe Romero,
Christopher Parkening, John Sutherland, David Brandon, David Tanenbaum,
Marcelo Kayath, Toyohiko Sato, Paul O’Dette, Leo Brouwer, David
Russell, Michael Newman, Jorge Morel & George
In addition to performances on National Public Radio, he has also
appeared on stage with dance groups, as well as with world renowned bass-baritone
Norman Bailey, soprano Kristine Ciesinski & celebrated 'cellist Bonnie Hartman.
An avid supporter of the arts in small communities,
Mr. Beaumont is a recipient of grants from Tennessee, Idaho, Wyoming
& Montana. In 2011 he was honored by the Governor of Montana for
his participation in the arts. His extensive repertoire ranges over
500 years & includes all the major works for both solo guitar
as well as chamber works & concerti.
In 2000 he performed the world premier of Wyoming composer George
Hufsmith's Latin American Impressions, which were co-written with
Mr. Beaumont, and was invited to perform for the 75th anniversary
of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Laramie.
While living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming he was a founding member &
organizer of the Cybil Wiancko Community Concert Series at the National
Museum of Wildlife Art. He was also one of the key players in
the Red Lodge Chamber Players Winter Concert Series held at the historic
Pollard Hotel in Red Lodge, Montana from 2009 until 2013.
As an educator in guitar for over 30 years, he has been a member of the faculty in many universities & music schools including Memphis State University, Shelby State Community College, Central Wyoming College & the University of the Tetons. Some of Mr. Beaumont's students have gone on to careers in guitar as well as becoming heads of guitar programs in major universities.
Of his five recordings, Soundboard magazine called him “tastefully
expressive". Teton Magazine referred to his second recording
"A Classic Reflection",
"like a fine vintage wine, aged to perfection”.
latest recording “For Jackson”
is a collection of minuets & sonatinas by Bach, Beethoven, Haydn
& Mozart arranged by Mr. Beaumont for solo guitar. It is a celebration
of the birth of his step-grandson Jackson Weaver, who (at the age of 2)
provided the artwork for the recording.
He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Angela.