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Jeremy Waldrip is a Memphis-born classical guitarist who has been featured on concert stages across the United States and Europe. Currently pursuing a Masters of Music at the University of Texas- Austin, Jeremy is often found teaching and attending guitar festivals across the country and world. He previously earned his Bachelor of Music with High Honors from the University of Louisville. A prize winner in eighteen national and international competitions, Jeremy has competed in The Memphis International Guitar Competition, The University of Louisville Guitar festival, The Beethoven Club of Memphis guitar competition, The Appalachian State Guitarfest, The Southern Guitar Festival and Competition, The Mississippi Guitar Competition. The Columbus State Guitar Symposium, The UT Dallas Guitar Competition, The Indiana Guitar Competition, The Texas A&M Guitar Competition, and the Classical Minds Guitar Festival. Jeremy also received The Emmanuel Klein Essay award in 2015 and was interviewed by Fretbuzz about recent competition wins and advice to fellow guitarists.
Following a masterclass with Oscar Ghiglia in 2015, Jeremy was invited to attend the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy for three weeks in a set of intense masterclasses with the Maestro Ghiglia, a direct pupil of Andres Segovia, the father of modern classical guitar. Jeremy was the only American enrolled in a class of thirteen guitarists originating from 8 countries. Additional Masterclass performances include David Russell, Roland Dyens, Nicholas Goluses, Petar Jankovic, Lily Afshar, Xavier Jara, Miloš Janjić, Darko Karajić, Vojislav Ivanović, Gohar Vardanyan, Bill Yelverton, Marko Feri, Andrew Zohn, Douglas James, Gregg Goodhart, Valerie Hartzel, Douglas Lora, Kris Anderson, Matt Palmer, and Frank Bungarten who hold important roles as university professors and performers across the world.
In 2017, Jeremy was one of seven American students who was granted an award through the US/Serbian embassy to attend the week-long Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade, Serbia. While attending this festival, he participated in the World Guitar Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Offerman, as well as the competition, masterclasses, concerts and a lecture at the International School of Belgrade. As a teacher, Jeremy has held positions as a guitar instructor for The Community Music Program at the University of Louisville, The Middletown Academy of Music and School of Rock Memphis. His students range from seven to fifty plus years of age and come from many different backgrounds and skill levels. Having Served as the President of The Association of Guitarists at the University of Louisville since it's inception in 2016, Jeremy led this Recognized Student Organization in fundraisers and grants to support masterclasses and concerts from guest artists at the University of Louisville.
Most recently, Jeremy was invited to be a member of the premier United States Guitar Orchestra (USGO) under the baton of Dr. Kami Rowan and soloist Bill Kanengiser. This select group was comprised of up-and-coming young guitarists currently living in America. Jeremy, alongside the USGO, premiered three new works for guitar orchestra by Kevin Callahan, Bryan Johanson and Brian Head in Carnegie Hall followed by a tour of France with concerts in Dijon, Lyon and the Paris Conservatory. Future goals for Jeremy include auditioning for a Doctorate of Music and fully immersing himself in the rich guitar culture of Austin, Tx.