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Classical Guitarist

Michael Beaumont

 

 

Classical guitarist Michael Beaumont has performed 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 Hufsmith.


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.


A teacher of classical guitar for over 30 years. 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”.

His 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.

 

 

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