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Matthew Rohde, Classical Guitar - Bio

 
 

Matthew Rohde

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Matthew Rohde is a classical guitarist, educator, and film composer. As a soloist Matthew has performed on four continents and in such venues as El Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), La Casa de la Música (Quito), Il Pallazzo Chigiana (Siena), and Sprague Hall (New Haven). He has also performed alongside such luminaries as Grammy-nominated pianist Clarice Assad, recorderist Horacio Franco, and violinist Owen Dalby. Once he even performed for the president of China. 

Alongside colleagues Adam Levin and Scott Borg, Matthew is a member of The Great Necks (www.thegreatnecks.com), a guitar trio with a focus on exploring orchestral repertoire through original arrangements as whimsical as they are ambitious. The Great Necks, whose members the preeminent guitarist Eliot Fisk has called "charismatic, entertaining, and spontaneous young masters"  is set to release its debut album on the Sony/Frameworks label in November 2018. 

As a composer, Matthew has worked with HBO and directors Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo. Most recently, Matthew composed and recorded the score to It Will Be Chaos, a "beautifully executed" (LA Times) documentary about the challenges faced by newly-arrived refugees in Europe. It premiered on HBO in June 2018. 

A lifelong educator, Matthew also co-directs Kithara Project (www.kitharaproject.org), a nonprofit organization that oversees classical guitar programs for at-risk youth in Boston, Albuquerque, and Mexico City. Through its interlinked programs, Kithara Project also promotes cultural exchange. Matthew has taught masterclasses in dozens of conservatories and universities across the US and Latin America, and his students have won scholarships at major conservatories in the US and Europe.

Matthew completed his studies at Yale College; the Yale School of Music; the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique et Danse in Paris; and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. His teachers have included maestros Benjamin Verdery, Oscar Ghiglia, and Roland Dyens. Matthew also holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po, in Paris, and is conversant (to varying degrees)  in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Arabic. Matthew lives in Mexico City, where in his spare time he makes ceramic pottery and goes on hikes with his dog Maya.

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Matthew Rohde es guitarrista clásico, educador, y compositor del cine. Como solista ha aparecido en cuatro continentes en tales salas como El Palacio de Bellas Artes (Ciudad de México), La Casa de la Música (Quito), Il Pallazzo Chigiana (Siena), y Sprague Hall (New Haven). Ha compartido el escenario con tales lumbreras como la Grammy-nominada Clarice Assad, el flautista Horacio Franco, y el violinista Owen Dalby. Una vez, incluso tocó para el presidente de la China. 

Junto con los guitarristas Adam Levin y Scott Borg, Matthew es miembro de 'The Great Necks' (www.thegreatnecks.com), un trio dedicado a la exploración de repertorio orquestal mediante arreglos originales. El trio, cuyos miembros el preeminente guitarrista norteamericano Eliot Fisk ha llamado "jóvenes maestros carismáticos, divertidos, y espontáneos,"lanzará su disco debut en la etiqueta Sony/Frameworks en Noviembre del 2018.

Como compositor, Matthew ha trabajado con el canal HBO y los directores Lorena Luciano y Filipo Piscopo. Recién realizó la musicalización del largometraje llamado It Will Be Chaos, un documental "exquisitamente ejecutado" (LA Times) sobre las dificultades enfrentados por refugiados recién llegados en Europa. El documental fue estrenado en HBO en junio del 2018.

Un educador de toda la vida, Matthew es co-director de Kithara Project (www.kitharaproject.org), una asociación sin fines de lucro que maneja programas de guitarra clásica para niños y jóvenes en comunidades marginadas en EU y México. Por medio de estos programas, también facilita el intercambio cultural. Matthew ha dado clases magistrales en decenas de conservatorios y universidades en Estados Unidos y Latinoamérica, y sus alumnos han recibido becas a conservatorios renombrados en Estados Unidos y Europa.

Matthew completó sus estudios en Yale College, Yale School of Music, el Conservatorio de Paris, y la Accademia Chigiana de Siena. Sus maestros han incluido Benjamin Verdery, Oscar Ghiglia, y Roland Dyens. Actualmente vive en la Ciudad de México, y en su tiempo libre le gusta hacer cerámica y pasear con su perrita, Maya.

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