Troy King | Towson University


Guitarist Troy King regularly performs solo and chamber music concerts throughout
the United States, Europe, and Latin America. He has been heard on the BBC and frequently
on National Public Radio in both the United States and Spain and has given festival
performances at the Interlochen Arts Festival (Michigan), the Charlton Kings International
Guitar Festival (England), the Portland Guitar Festival (Oregon), the Bethlehem Guitar
Festival, and the Summer Guitar Workshop (NM). Frequent tours have taken King to major
concert venues in London, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Mexico City, Honolulu,
Cheltenham (UK), Albuquerque, Cleveland, Denver, Ann Arbor, Cincinnati, Baltimore,
Derby (UK), Cincinnati, San Diego, Phoenix, Portland (OR), and Washington D.C., and
many more. Concerts and/or master classes at universities and conservatories include
Columbia University (NYC), University of Maryland, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music,
Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (VA), Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Palomar College
(San Diego, CA), and Glendale College (Phoenix, AR).

Troy King has released two solo guitar recordings, each containing World Premieres
and receiving unanimous international critical acclaim: “Musique de Salon: Classical Guitar Music for a New Belle Epoque“, released on the IGW label and distributed by Eroica Classical Recordings (Classical Guitar Magazine (UK) hails it as “A major international debut by any standard. A guitarist of the highest
order”), and “Musica del Arte: Masterworks for Guitar by Latin American Composers“, released internationally on the Centaur Records label (The American Record Guide states “(Kings) interpretations have a winning rhythmic impulse…harmonically sumptuous
and lyrically expansive…a complete delight!”). He also performs along with guitarist
Kathrin Murray in the Arabesque Duo, whose debut recording on Centaur Records features
transcriptions of piano pieces by Grieg, Brahms, Debussy, Granados and Turina. (The American Record Guide wrote, “The Arabesque Duo plays beautifully on this recording.”) Other stellar reviews
of concerts and recordings have appeared in the Washington Post, Les cahiers de La
Guitare (France), Soundboard Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, The Albuquerque Journal,
and the Gloucestershire Echo (UK).

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Troy King won First Prize at the Fifth Portland International Guitar Competition.
Other honors include winning First Prizes at the Lamont Chamber Music Competition
and the Montpelier Recitalist Competition, and being a finalist at the IV Manuel Ponce
International Guitar Competition in Mexico.

The objective with all of his students is to increase their musicianship, technical
proficiency, and understanding of music notation and music reading as it applies to
performing classical guitar, emphasizing the importance of learning to “artistically
interpret” the musical score. Troy King holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute
of Music/Case Western Reserve University and the The Lamont School of Music/University
of Denver. His major teachers have been John Holmquist and Ricardo Iznaola. Additional
instruction includes private study in England with composer/guitarist Gilbert Biberian
and participation in dozens of public master classes given by various artists.

King is a Lecturer and Head of the Guitar Program at Towson University, teaching guitar
lessons, guitar ensembles, guitar accompaniment, guitar history and pedagogy, and
guitar class.

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