Matthew Sperber has been instructing guitar in the Buffalo area since 2005 and is currently on the faculty at The Castellani-Andriaccio Guitar Studios in Snyder, NY where he teaches students of all ages in Suzuki and traditional guitar methods. He attended SUNY University at Buffalo where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music History in 2006 and a Master of Music in Guitar Performance in February 2010. There, he studied under world-renowned guitarist and teacher, Joanne Castellani.
In 2007, Matthew traveled to Hartford, CT where he attended a week-long training seminar in the Suzuki method under the late, Frank Longay. There, he was introduced to the encouraging and engaging environment of a Suzuki guitar studio. He observed and participated in a number of guitar lessons where he also worked with other notable Suzuki pedagogues such as David Madsen and MaryLou Roberts.
Today, along with teaching the guitar, Matthew is an active performer both as a solo artist and chamber music guitarist. He is a part of the music ensemble at St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Martin of Tours churches in South Buffalo where he performs at weekly masses and recently, he performed solo classical guitar recitals at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral and St. Thomas Aquinas Church. A highlight of Matthew’s chamber music experience has been performing alongside the Castellani-Andriaccio Guitar Duo as a member of the classical guitar ensemble, Saltarello since 2006. The ensemble, comprised of students and instructors of the guitar studio, performs an eclectic variety of music for guitar ensemble encompassing many time periods and genres.
In March of 2016, Matthew was honored to perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY under the direction of world-renowned conductor, JoAnn Falletta. His performance in selections from “The Birthday of the Infanta” by Franz Schreker was the opening piece in two BPO performances on March 19 and 20.