Brian Roberts, Classical Guitar,

Ann Arbor & Detroit

Teacher ~ Performer ~ Composer ~ Arranger

BRIAN ROBERTS has been teaching and performing since 1972, after having studied at the UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS in Vienna, Austria, the first place where the six string classical guitar was cultivated and developed. His performances have taken him as far as England, Austria, Nova Scotia and throughout the Midwest, drawing such comments as "Spontaneous and Alive" from the famed author and critic, Hans Keller in London, England and "Elegant and Musical" from the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL. Brian's major long term teachers were John Holmquist, in Milwaukee and Cleveland; Gilbert Biberian in Milwaukee and London, England; Karl Scheit in Vienna, Austria and Leo Witoszynksyj in Graz, Austria. His major short term teachers were Sharon Isbin in Burlington, Vermont; Manuel Barrueco in Milwaukee; Gerald Garcia in London 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. Upon receiving his Master of Music degree from THE CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF MUSIC/CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY in classical guitar performance, he joined the faculty there to develop the guitar program. An avid and interested teacher of long standing, known for his mentoring and personally involved style of teaching, Brian's students have won awards and presently hold college teaching positions, as well as performing throughout the Great Lakes Region.

Currently, Brian is a professor of guitar at WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY in Midtown, Detroit and UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DEARBORN, where he teaches private guitar lessons, and performance, pedagogy and chamber music classes to graduate and undergraduate classical guitar performance majors and minors, as well as teaching elective classes for beginning and intermediate guitarists.

As a composer and arranger, Brian has published over 140 pieces. You can purchase 'Volume I' of Brian's 'Classical Guitar Solos' (44 of his most played pieces) from 'Strings By Mail'. Brian now has 28 pieces in preparation for publishing at TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON. For more information and additional original scores, click here. For transcriptions, click 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.

In addition to teaching and mentoring beginning through advanced community students at his PRIVATE STUDIO in Ann Arbor, which draws students from throughout Metro Detroit, Southeast Michigan, and Northwest Ohio, Brian performs, as soloist and with various ensembles, and is president of the long standing CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY OF MICHIGAN. As founder and president of the ANN ARBOR CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY for many years, Brian brought into the Ann Arbor area major inspirational classical guitarists to perform concerts and to teach masterclasses to involved students. Brian plays on a 2008 cedar Stephan Connor guitar, #138, a 2015 spruce Toby Rzepka guitar, #31 and a 2018 cedar Ivan Escobedo Querea guitar (Daniel Friederich model)

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


WILLIAM KANENGISER: Wayne State University, 2001