[ Guitar ]
Described as “iconoclastic” and “inventive” by the New York Times and “one of the classical guitar world’s most foremost personalities” by Classical Guitar Magazine, Benjamin Verdery enjoys an innovative and eclectic musical career. As a performer, Verdery has given concerts around the world, with repeat appearances at the International Guitar Festival (Singapore, 2011), the Festival International de Agosto (Caracas), the Schubert Festival (Bad Urach, Germany), the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera (NYC) and elsewhere.
Among the composers who have written works for him are Ingram Marshall, Jack Vees, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, Christopher Theofanidis, and Roberto Sierra. As a composer, Verdery’s works are published by Doberman-Yppan, and have been performed by such artists as John Williams, Sergio and Odair Assad, David Russell, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. In addition, he has had commissions from the New York State Council on the Arts and Pensacola College.
Verdery has appeared with such diverse artists as Hermann Prey, John Williams, Paco Peña, Leo Kottke, Andy Summers, and Jessye Norman. He has performed duos with his wife, flutist Rie Schmidt, and with steel guitarist William Coulter. As a recording artist, Verdery has released over 15 albums, all available on Amazon. His latest include Happy Here (2011), with William Coulter; First You Build A Cloud (2007), a collaboration with Andy Summers of The Police; and Branches (2007), a solo album featuring arrangements of Bach, Mozart, Strauss, and Hendrix. His recording Start Now (Mushkatweek) won the 2005 Classical Recording Foundation Award.
Benjamin Verdery is artistic director of 92nd Street Y’s Art of the Guitar series and was appointed an honorary board member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas in 2007. He has been teaching guitar at the Yale University School of Music since 1985 and is artistic director of the Yale Guitar Extravaganza. Each summer Benjamin holds his Annual International Master Class on the Island of Maui (Hawaii).