Acclaimed guitarist to perform at Bloomsburg University

For immediate release: Jan. 18, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — A guitarist who has played venues throughout North America and Europe will perform at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 2:30 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

Matthew Slotkin, the director of guitar studies at Mansfield University and an instructor at Bloomsburg University, will perform a selection of guitar pieces by Johann Kaspar Mertz, Manuel Ponce, Isaac Albeniz, Ralph Towner and Roland Dyens. The performance is open to the public free of charge.

Recognized for his commitment to composition and new works for the guitar, Slotkin has achieved success in solo performance, chamber music and as a soloist with orchestra. He has given master classes and performances at numerous universities and festivals throughout North America, including the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, the University of Saskatchewan, the Alexandria Guitar Festival and the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival.

Slotkin received a doctor of musical arts from Eastman School of Music, where he also earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music. Slotkin released his first CD, "Twentieth Century Music for Guitar," in 2003 through Centaur Records. Slotkin was praised by American Record Guide for his “musical sensitivity and technical control.” He recently concluded a series of concerts in Athens, Greece, and will begin a tour in California in March.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.