Matthew Foley has professionally taught and performed classical guitar for over 15 years. Matthew earned a Bachelors of Music degree and a Masters of Music degree from California State University, Sacramento, while studying classical guitar under Dr. Richard Savino. Additionally, Matthew has studied and performed continuously with Northern California based classical guitarist and composer, Matthew Grasso, for 12 years. Matthew has performed in masterclasses with internationally renowned guitarists: Eliot Fisk, Roland Dyens, Benjamin Verdery, Adam Holzman, and Marc Teicholz. During summer 2014, Matthew completed work with Trio Seven on their first album, Invocation to the Extended Seven String Guitar. He was featured on Matthew Grasso's 2010 album, Past Present Future, and Radiant Friend's 2016 album, Radiant Friend Live at It's All Yoga. He has provided guitar instruction at Sacramento City College, Pacific Institute of Music in Folsom, Young Artists Conservatory in Vacaville, and with Music Matters (a public elementary school music-education program in the Fairfield/ Vacaville area), and privately in his home. Matthew recently moved to the San Francisco peninsula and currently teaches music full-time at private schools in Menlo Park, Burlingame, and Redwood City. Matthew plays an extended seven-string classical guitar, built to his specifications by Sacramento based luthier, Waylin Carpenter.
Solo Recitals (Selected)
California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento City College
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sacramento
Sacramento Art Complex
-Trio Seven, classical guitar trio
-Camerata Capistrano, baroque ensemble
-Radiant Friend, kirtan (improvisational) ensemble
Chamber Music Venues (Selected)
California State University, Sacramento and East Bay
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Trinity Chamber Concerts Series, Berkeley, CA
Camerata Capistrano, Spring 2013, Sacramento
Invocation to the Extended Seven-String Guitar, CD, 2014
Radiant Friend, Live at It's All Yoga, CD, 2015
-Sacramento State University Chorus, Spring 2011, Fall 2015,
director Donald Kendrick
-Vox Musica, Spring 2012, director Daniel Paulson
-The Vocal Art Ensemble, Spring 2010, Director Tracia Barbieri
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Sacramento, Dec 2013
Elected a member of the Delta Xi Chapter of the Pi Kappa Lambda Society, May 2013
Earned Camerata Capistrano Scholarship, Spring 2012
-California State University, Sacramento, Master of Music,
Guitar Performance, Sacramento, CA, May 2016, GPA 4.0
-California State University, Sacramento, Bachelor of Music,
Guitar Performance, Sacramento, CA, Dec 2013, GPA 3.9
-Solano Community College, Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts,
Fairfield, CA, May 2006, GPA 3.8
Richard Savino, D.M.A.
Lorna Peters, D.M.A.
Matthew Grasso, B.M.