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Phillip Lester is an acoustic and classical guitarist, composer, arranger,
and recording artist . Growing up in Southern California, he began to play
the guitar at the age of 12. After several years as a lead guitarist in
rock bands, Phillip began to study solo classical guitar. While attending
college in Florida in 1980 he developed a program titled The Artistry
of the Guitar to introduce college students to the beautiful sound
of the classical guitar. He initially presented the program in residence
halls and on several concert stages.
Phillip has served as a featured guitar instructor and performer at the
annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention in Nashville. He conducts
workshops on arranging for solo guitar. His own guitar arrangements are
published by Mel Bay; his instrumental solo guitar recordings include:
Carols of the Nativity, and American Treasures. His
recordings have been featured on radio stations from Portland, Oregon to
Boston, Massachusetts. Phillip lives in Bloomfield, New Jersey and performs
throughout the NY/NJ area. He presents his American Treasures program
in libraries and historical societies throughout the Northeast.
|In the Spring and summer of 1981 Phillip attended Master classes taught
by Christopher Parkening.
In 1990 he studied with Windham Hill guitarist, Alex De Grassi. His
other musical influences include Earl Klugh, Chet Atkins, and Andrew York.
Christopher Parkening describes Lester as:
" a very fine solo guitarist, His approach to the guitar is both
sensitive and intelligent. He is a talented arranger with a gift for musicianship."
"Lester's imagination researches all the shades of coloring the acoustic
guitar has to offer."
-- New England Performer Magazine
Booking and Contact Information:
42 MacArthur Ave Bloomfield, NJ 07003
42 MacArthur Ave
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
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