Dr. Matthew Gould
Dr. Matt Gould has been described as a "guitarist capable of giving performances of great beauty, enthusiasm and control" by EMI recording artist and former teacher, Manuel Barrueco. Matt began teaching himself to play guitar at age twelve, and at twenty, having had only two years of formal guitar training, was awarded a substantial scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory of Music, receiving the Hos Award for Excellence in Guitar Performance by the Peabody Guitar Faculty upon graduation. After completing his undergraduate degree in performance, Matt accepted a teaching assistantship to the University of Arizona in Tucson where he met his future wife and duo partner, violinist Beth Ilana Schneider. After receiving his Doctorate in Chamber Music from Arizona State University, Matt and Beth moved to the island of Cyprus to teach at Eastern Mediterranean University, before returning to the US to continue their musical activities closer to home in 2005. In 2011, Matt assumed the role as Director of Guitar Studies at Cambrian College in Ontario, Canada.