ROBERT THOMPSON is an Adjunct Instructor of Guitar who joined the Belmont University faculty in 1994. He is the founder and the Director of the Belmont Guitar Ensemble, teaches Classical Guitar Seminar, and lessons to undergraduate and graduate guitar students.
Mr. Thompson received a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Ball State University. He has completed additional studies and master classes at The Peabody Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Webster University, Middle Tennessee State University, Elmhurst College, and Southern Illinois University as a Graduate Assistant in the Guitar Department. He has performed in master classes with Sergio and Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Lily Afshar, Joseph Breznikar, Clare Callahan, Paul Reilly, and Jeffrey Van. Mr. Thompson has also attended master classes with Roland Dyens, Marco Pereira, David Russell, and The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He has taught guitar at Taylor University in Indiana, Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
As one of Nashville's most active nylon-string guitarist, Mr. Thompson maintains an extensive solo and duo repertoire and performs frequently as a freelance musician. He is a member of the internationally recognized GODWIN-THOMPSON DUO. Since their formation in 1992, they have released two CD recordings (Bello Bilancieto and Un duet poetique) and presented over 200 recitals throughout the United States. During the spring of 2006 the duo was featured on NPR's Classical Guitar Alive! hosted by Tony Morris performing Clarice Assad's Valsas do Rio. In 2000 they made their New York City debut performing at Carnegie Hall Studios as part of the APAP convention. The Godwin-Thompson Duo has performed throughout the Midwest and been praised for their musical interpretations, refined tone, and diverse programs of chamber music. Their CD recordings have been played on radio stations throughout the world. The Godwin-Thompson Duo has been featured on WDCN's Recital Hall television specials and on WPLN's Live in Studio C radio show. They have debuted works by Clarice Assad, Jeffrey Comas, and Michael Slayton, which have each dedicated new works to them.
Mr. Thompson has performed with The Nashville Ballet, The Nashville Opera, and has been featured on a number of Nashville PBS television specials in concert. He is a frequent performer on WPLN's Live in Studio C radio show hosted by Will Griffin. He has performed on tracks with the London Symphony and played at the Gospel Music Showcase with some of Nashville's most respected session guitarists and at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium with the Latin ensemble, SERENATTA. In 2005, he performed Piazzolla's Histoire du Tango with violinist Elisabeth Small at The Belmont Mansion. He has performed as a flamenco guitarist for Man of La Mancha with Robert Goulet at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and a jazz guitarist at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and The Elmhurst Jazz Festival with the Ball State Jazz Band. Mr. Thompson has performed guitar, banjo, and mandolin in the shows Chicago and Anything Goes. Currently a columnist for MelBay's Fingerstyle Review Magazine, he writes reviews of new guitar publications and recordings. Mr. Thompson has written reviews previously for Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine as well.
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