MATT RICHTER began his musical venture in grade school at the age of 9. Always intrigued by the guitar, he was able to realize his natural musical ability by teaching himself some simple songs. After gaining the competence to begin teaching professionally by the age of 17, Matt pursued his musical career more seriously by applying to the Music Business program at Elmhurst College, located in the suburbs of Chicago. His audition led to his receiving of a Presidential Scholarship to Elmhurst College.
His collegiate musical experiences were very extensive, with multiple years of participation in classical guitar ensemble, electric guitar ensemble, classical chamber ensembles such as quartets and trios, various jazz combos, jazz big band, as well as intense lessons with four different guitar teachers, such as Steve Suvada, Wesley Hixon, Mike Pinto, and Frank Portolese. Proficiency exams in piano throughout his undergraduate career has given him some competency in this area as well. Steve Suvada became Matt’s mentor during his Undergraduate career, and has guided Matt to where he is now, which is a degree candidateat the University of Denver pursuing his Masters Degree in classical guitar performance, studying with expert pedagogue Ricardo Iznaola. He currently performs regularly with various classical ensembles at the Lamont School of Music.
Matt has had the pleasure of participating in master classes held by world class musicians such as The Australian Guitar Duo, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, William Kannengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Eduardo Fernandez, David Burgess, and the Brazilian Guitar Duo.
Matt has been teaching music since 2008. Matt’s teaching philosophy is to understand what the student wants to get out of taking lessons. Understanding this allows him to engage the student in things that are interesting to them musically, while still providing beneficial scholarly knowledge of the instrument. Therefore, his teaching style changes from student to student, accepting students of all styles and interests.