Here's the program:
Grand Solo Op. 14
Fernando Sor [masked])
George Frideric Handel[masked])
Arranged by David Russell
Vals No. 4, Op. 8
Agustin Barrios Mangore[masked])
Andante y Rondo Op. 2 Dionisio Aguado [masked])
Alexandre Tansman [masked])
La Source du Lyson Op. 47
Napoleon Coste [masked])
International guitar soloist Lyle Sheffler began playing classical guitar at the age of seven and gave his first public concert at the age of eight. Acclaimed for his artistry, warm tone, and captivating programs, Lyle has been the recipient of a Peabody Career Development Grant, the John Funk Memorial Scholarship of the Long Island Philharmonic, and the Ruth Gaiptman Memorial Scholarship for Performing Arts. He has played at such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, Freight & Salvage Stadium, the Tilles Center, and the Hanoi Opera House, as well as numerous other concert halls around the globe. Accompanied by the Long Island Youth Orchestra, Lyle performed as a featured classical guitar soloist in Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Fantasia para un Gentilhombre.” He has also been featured as a soloist performing Antonio Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D Major alongside a select chamber orchestra.
In the fall of 2012, Lyle was invited to tour the Middle East and Asia with Celebrity Cruises as a solo classical guitarist. He was also selected to participate in the prestigious Ile de Ré International Guitar Festival in France, led by guitar virtuoso Philippe Villa in 2010. While in France, Lyle was hand picked to perform in a solo concert held open to the public, as well as to play first guitar in several different chamber ensembles. During the summer of 2009, Lyle was awarded the opportunity to participate in both the Iserlohn Classical Guitar Festival in Germany and the Polish Guitar Academy in Poznan, Poland. There, he performed both in ensembles and as a soloist. He has participated in master classes with many world-renowned artists and teachers, including Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Eduardo Fernandez, Jason Vieaux, Dale Kavanagh, Lito Romero, Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Philippe Villa, Alexis Mazurakis of Duo Melis, the Katona Twins, and Matthew Greif of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He has also performed before celebrated guitarists and instructors, including David Tanenbaum, Sergio Assad, and Julian Gray in both concert and masterclass settings.
Lyle earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied under the tutelage of acclaimed guitar pedagogue Ray Chester. During his time at Peabody, Lyle performed with various guitar quintets. He was also part of a classical guitar and voice chamber music duo, in addition to performing with many new music ensembles. Lyle received his Masters of Music degree in classical guitar from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Guitar Foundation of America (“GFA”) competition winner and Naxos recording artist Marc Teicholz. While at the Conservatory, he was a member of a very active guitar quartet that performed both standard guitar quartet repertoire and new compositions across San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. As a performer, Lyle has become an integral part of the San Francisco music community, both as a soloist and as member of the Romatowski/Sheffler Duo with flutist Joshua Romatowski. He also maintains a thriving teaching studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides classical guitar, Lyle is proficient on double bass, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, and lute. He looks forward to a future of sharing his love for the guitar with his audiences and students, alike.
Lyle Sheffler currently plays on a hand-made cedar guitar built by Randy Angella.
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