Matthew Ardizzone, guitarist





    July 7 - 28, 2018

    Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY


    Though my day job in admissions at one of the world's top music schools does keep me busy, I always look forward to returning to teaching in the summers at Eastman. I taught for Eastman's Summer Guitar Master Classes in 2011 and 2012, and in 2015 I began teaching for Eastman's Music Horizons Program, a three-week program for students in grades 9 - 12 who are considering music as a college major.


    My teaching is aimed at nurturing the best possible results from each student and encouraging healthy and enjoyable practice habits. My approach is informed by a belief in the necessity of mastering the 'basics' with a belief that students must remain musically inspired and motivated in order to truly progress.


    Guitar students in this three-week program will have two lessons with me each week, will perform in a weekly repertory class, play in an ensemble, and will also take classes in theory, history and a career seminar. Classes in composition and improvisation are also offered. In addition, guitar students have the opportunity to work with Eastman School of Music faculty members Nicholas Goluses (classical guitar master class) and Bob Sneider (jazz guitar/fretboard harmony workshop).


    It's a great opportunity to explore if a major in classical guitar is right for you, or - if you already know that it is - to hone your skills in preparation for your auditions.





    Gibbs St. Guitar Duo

    June 25, 2017, 2:00pm

    Irondequoit Library


    July 6, 2017, 7:00pm

    Silver Lake Institute


    July 10, 2017, 7:30pm

    Hatch Recital Hall

    Eastman School of Music


    "From Bach to Brazil"

    J.S. Bach, "Italian" Concerto, BWV 971

    Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Sonata canonica

    Antoine de Lhoyer, Duo Concertant, Op. 31 No. 3

    Radames Gnattali, Suite Retratos

    Eastman Virtousi

    February 25, 2017, 8:00pm

    Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music


    Featured performers include:

    Jim Thompson, trumpet
    Larry Zalkind, trombone
    Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor

    Matthew Ardizzone, guitar
    Michael Burritt, percussion
    W. Peter Kurau, horn
    Jeff Campbell, bass



    Jacques Castérède Sonatine for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano

    John Dowland Selected Songs

    Michael Burritt & Robert Honstein New works

    Doug Hill “Bass and Brass” Trio for Trombone, Horn, and Bass

    Music Horizons Faculty Recital

    July 27, 2016, 7:30pm

    Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music

    More information


    Heart of the Guitar: Folk Songs and Ballads

    Purcell, Prelude & A New Irish Tune

    Brouwer, El Decameron Negro

    Beaser, Shenandoah

    Domeniconi, Variations on an Anatolian Folksong

    Flower, British Folk Songs

    Albéniz, Malagueña (España, Op. 65)


    Other recent performances


    December 10: Duo concert with Petar Kodzas, guitar, Eastman at Washington Square

    July 29: Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music (solo recital)

    April 23: Seretean Center, Oklahoma State University (solo recital)



    January 31: University of Michigan Museum of Art (solo recital)

    January 18: Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico (Roberto Sierra's Folias with Cornell University and CMPR combined orchestras)



    October 20: Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra (Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez)

    November 13: Master Class, Ithaca College School of Music

    October 12: Master Class, Eastern Michigan University

    October 11: Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor (solo recital)

    October 6: Bailey Hall, Cornell University (Roberto Sierra, Folias with Cornell Chamber Orchestra)

    September 22: Joy of Music Program, Worcester (solo recital)

    July 16 - 20: Conductors' Retreat at Medomak (Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez)







  • Videos

    Live concert videos are available on my YouTube Channel

    (small sampling below)

    Click to watch the concert video of my performance of Roberto Sierra's Folias

    with the Cornell Chamber Orchestra

    Isaac Albéniz, Malagueña

    2016 Faculty Recital, Eastman Music Horizons

    Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music

    Robert Beaser, Shenandoah

    2016 Faculty Recital, Eastman Music Horizons

    Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music

    Federico Moreno-Torroba, Nocturno

    J.S. Bach, Italian Concerto, BWV 971, I

    with Petar Kodzas, guitar


    Order the sheet music from Seconda Prattica


    Click to watch the concert video of Matthew's performance of Roberto Sierra's Folias with the Cornell Chamber Orchestra or click to download an MP3 file of the performance


    Watch Matthew's live video recordings on YouTube.


    CDs can be purchased from Strings By Mail: Mazurka! (solo CD) and Duo Forza (with violinist Movses Pogossian).


    Use the links below for downloads of individual tracks (Mazurka! on iTunes), published arrangements, and samples of my music (hold your cursor over the image for a short description).

  • Purchase "Mazurka!" CD

    (to get the old fashioned actual CD, including liner notes!)


  • BIO

    Music Admissions Professional

    In 2009 I was given the opportunity to return to my alma mater as Associate Dean of Admissions. In 2015 my duties expanded to include oversight of admissions, financial aid, and the Registrar, and I am now Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management. It means a great deal to me to work at the school that contributed so profoundly to my development as a 'thinking musician' and prepared me for the multi-faceted career I've enjoyed since.


    Prior to attending Eastman, where I earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Performer's Certificate in 1997, I received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in guitar performance from Ithaca College. I've been on the faculties of Bowling Green State University, Nazareth College, and the Eastman Community Music School, and held positions as Executive Director of Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates, and as the Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. From 2015-1017, I had the privilege of serving as Chair of the Independent Consortium for College Admissions in Music (ICCAM), a group of the nation's most selective music schools.


    I've presented on issues related to recruitment and enrollment management at the Eastman Leadership Conference (2017, 2018) and at the annual meeting of NASM (National Assoc. of Schools of Music) with my mentor and colleague, Laura Hoffman (dean of enrollment at University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance).


    Visit Eastman's admissions blog for lots of information about applying and auditioning for music schools, including my contribution on performing from memory.


    Also of interest is Amy Nathan's recent book, The Music Parent's Survival Guide, which includes a chapter on college-level music study, and a few choice quotes from Yours Truly.



    Classical Guitarist


    (Download bio)

    Since becoming the first guitarist to complete the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, Matthew Ardizzone has been engaged in a multi-faceted musical career, both on the stage and off.



    The Pittsburgh Tribune has described his “sensitive nuances” and the NYC Guitar Society his “incredible tone, marvelous technical facility, and poetic phrasing.” He has performed across North America, including New York, Montréal, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and made his orchestral debut in 2005 performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra (IN). More recently he has performanced throughout the Northeast and in Puerto Rico, where he was guest soloist with the Cornell Symphony and the Orquesta Sinfonica del Conservatorio de Musica de P.R., performing Roberto Sierra's Folias for guitar and orchestra.


    Festival appearances include Brave New Works, the Eastman GuitarFest, the Mid-America Center for Contemporary Music, June in Buffalo, GuitarHouston, and the Ithaca College Winter Guitar Festival. His performances of new music have earned him the praise of composers such as John Anthony Lennon, Paul Lansky, Andrew Simpson, Robert Beaser, and Leslie Bassett.


    His many collaborative performances include concerts with flutist Leone Buyse, violinists Movses Pogossian and Yehonatan Berick, saxophonist Matthew Sintchak, and soprano Audrey Luna. In 2016, he formed the Gibbs St. Guitar Duo with his long-time friend and Eastman colleague, Petar Kodzas.


    Matthew's solo CD, “Mazurka!” won a Communicator Crystal Award of Excellence. Other awards include First Prize in the 1995 Rantucci Guitar Competition and fifth place in the 1997 Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition in Malibu. He has been on the faculties of Bowling Green State University, Nazareth College of Rochester, and the Eastman Community Music School.


    At Eastman, he studied with Nicholas Goluses and took courses in Baroque performance with Paul O’Dette. Prior to attending Eastman, he studied with Edward Flower at Ithaca College. He performed in master classes for the Assad Brothers and Manuel Barrueco, and has also worked with Eliot Fisk (Norfolk Chamber Music Festival) and Angel Romero (one unforgettable lesson in 2006).


    He credits his first teachers for stoking his passion for guitar, especially Rick Lindberg, who fostered an early trajectory away from the violin, toward rock guitar, and ultimately toward classical guitar. Along the way, Rich Falco did his best to teach him jazz and Peter Clemente whipped him into shape for his college auditions on the classical guitar.


    Download Bio from Google Docs.

    Photo by Mark Gjukich



    "What a marvelous evening you gave us all! Your concert was absolutely stunning and your playing was simply amazing. Effortless, subtle, so profoundly musical. The audience watched and listened with rapt attention.”

    Jennifer Goltz, Curator, University of Michigan Museum of Art Performance Series


    "Listening to classical guitarist Matthew Ardizzone's take on Agustín Barrios' Julia Florida, it's hard not to lose yourself in the achingly beautiful music. Each note is distinct and vibrant, and not the least bit rushed. Each note reveals itself to the listener one by one, creating a portrait that's staggering in its power."

    Victor D. Infante, Worcester Telegram & Gazette


    “Guitarist Matthew Ardizzone was an expert in the intricacies of his role, always playing with sensitive nuances.”

    Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune


    “...incredible tone, marvelous technical facility, and poetic phrasing.”

    Don Witter, New York Classical Guitar Society


    “What an incredible evening! I can’t begin to tell you how magically you captured the audience with your superb talents. Each selection was sheer beauty and delight.”

    Marge Dembowski, Manor House Supervisor, Toledo Metroparks


    “The audience was wildly enthusiastic!”

    Firelands Musical Arts Series, Port Clinton, OH


    “Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on a fine performance of the Rodrigo and the encore [Recuerdos de la Alhambra].”

    Dr. Richard Sowers, Music Director, Anderson Symphony Orchestra, IN


    “Thanks again for doing such a wonderful concert of the Etudes. It was a pleasure to work together and get to know you. I hope you'll do the pieces many times again.”

    John Anthony Lennon, composer


    “Thank you once again for a wonderful and nuanced performance of “Tesserae.” It is always a thrill to hear one's own music, but particularly to hear it played by sympathetic and engaged players. I very much enjoyed hearing your delicate guitar playing during the performance, and it added beautifully to the ensemble.”

    Andrew E. Simpson, composer



    Download Performance CV from Google Docs



    Eastman School of Music

    University of Rochester

    2009 - present

    Associate Dean of Admissions since 2009

    Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management since 2015

    D.M.A. in Performance & Literature, Guitar, 1997

    Performer's Certificate, 1997


    University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance


    Assistant Director of Admissions


    Bowling Green State University, College of Musical Arts


    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Guitar


    Nazareth College



    Lecturer of Music/Guitar Instructor


    Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates


    Executive Director


    Ithaca College


    BM and MM in Music Performance, guitar



    Headshots can be downloaded below via Google Docs

    Performing for the Rochester Guitar Club


    Home page and Performance bio photos by Mark Gjukich.


    Silhouette photo by Paul Thacker.


    "Mazurka!" CD: recorded and engineered by Mark Bunce.

    Cover art, design and photography by Nathan José Kipe.


    Duo Forza CD: recorded in Slee Hall, University at Buffalo; produced by Magnus Mårtensson. Photography and design by Paul Thacker.


    More about violinist, Movses Pogossian.


    More about my teacher during my doctoral studies at Eastman, Nicholas Goluses.


    More about my teacher at Ithaca College, Edward Flower.


    I can also be heard on Gold Are My Flowers, by C. Curtis Smith on Albany Records. Also available on iTunes.


    I play a 1979 Robert Ruck guitar (Spruce top, Brazilian back and sides; interestingly, it was originally built with a cedar top and was re-topped with Spruce by Ruck in 1993, just before I acquired it).