Brian Roberts, Classical Guitar,

Ann Arbor & Detroit

Musician ~ Teacher ~ Composer ~ Arranger

BRIAN ROBERTS is a classical guitarist, composer and arranger based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who's been teaching and performing since 1972. Some of his most important influences come from playing cello with the Grand Rapids Symphony, and from the many hours of listening to concerts and musical gatherings in Vienna, Austria, while studying music and classical guitar performance at UNIVERSITÄT FÜR MUSIK UND DARSTELLENDE KUNST WIEN.

His playing has drawn such comments as "Spontaneous and Alive" from the famed author and music critic, Hans Keller in London, England and "Elegant and Musical" from the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL.

Currently, Brian teaches guitar performance at Wayne State University, and classes at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, as well as welcoming students from throughout Metro Detroit, Southeast Michigan, and Northwest Ohio into his PRIVATE STUDIO studio in Ann Arbor. Brian is an avid and interested teacher, known for his mentoring and personally involved style of teaching.

As a composer and arranger, Brian has published over 140 pieces, many are available through TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON PRESS and STRINGS BY MAIL. For more information and additional free scores, CLICK HERE. For transcriptions, CLICK HERE here. If you would like to listen to a stream of about 55 minutes of the pieces that Brian has recorded so far, CLICK HERE.

Brian holds a Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF MUSIC, where he studied with John Holmquist. His other major teachers were Karl Scheit in Vienna, Austria, Leo Witoszynksyj in Graz, Austria, and Gilbert Biberian in Milwaukee and England. His major short term teachers were Sharon Isbin in Burlington, Vermont; Manuel Barrueco in Milwaukee; Gerald Garcia in England and Carol van Fegglen in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also attended the studio class of the great cellist, János Starker at Indiana University and played his own transcriptions of the cello music of Bach on the guitar for the class.

Helping build a community of guitarists, Brian served as president of the CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY OF MICHIGAN, and as founder and president of the ANN ARBOR CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY for many years.

Brian plays on a spruce guitar by Toby Rzepka (2015) and two cedar guitars, one by Stephan Connor (2008) and the other by Ivan Escobedo Querea (2018).

A view of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from the back of the Golden Hall at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria during the 2021 New Years Day Concert with no audience because of the pandemic.

I spent hours and days listening to concerts here, from this view in the 70s. I bought standing room tickets for around 68 Austrian Shillings, (less than a US dollar) which fit perfectly into my student budget. The memories of those sounds and views are still very present within me, the music I write, and the expression I create while playing.

This is a screenshot of Brian, playing his first classical guitar, a Goya, live on Kalamazoo Public TV in 1968

I would like to thank all the fine musicians who played concerts for the ANN ARBOR CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY (1991-2011) The world is a better place because of the ongoing concerts of these artists. Click here to see pictures of our past performers

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WILLIAM KANENGISER: Wayne State University, 2001