Bradley Colten has appeared in performance throughout the United States and in Canada, France, Germany and Switzerland as a soloist and chamber musician. Highlight appearances include performances at Caramoor Music Festival, Lincoln Center, the New World Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music series, Merkin Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall, where his debut was noted by Guitar Review magazine as “superbly unrelenting” and as having “imaginative lyricism” and “amazing energy.”

Bradley Colten, guitar
photo: Simon Powi

Bradley has made a mark at guitar festivals as well, performing at the IGRC, the GFA Festival, the Bowdoin Summer Music and New England Conservatory Music Festivals, and at the Boston, Long Island, New York City, and Rhode Island Classical Guitar Societies. He has been featured in print, online and on air. Articles about Bradley have appeared in Guitar Review; his CD has been featured on NPR’s Open Mic; and he has performed live on New York City’s Soundcheck on WNYC radio.

Bradley is a founding member of the award-winning flute and guitar ensemble, Arc Duo. Hailed as “masterful and stylish” by Soundboard Magazine, Arc Duo has been universally herald by presenters who have called their performances “musically artistic experience[s] from beginning to end”, and have referred  to the Duo as “an exceptional ensemble”, and the artists as performing with “poetic sensibility to all-out bravura.” Arc Duo was awarded a Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grant to fund the Duo’s outreach program with Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in New York City. This grant funded a year of workshops and concerts for those who would not normally have access to classical music.

Sketch of Bradley playing at Carnegie Hall by LeRoy Neiman
Sketch of Bradley playing at Carnegie Hall by LeRoy Neiman

Bradley is a recipient of the Andrés Segovia Award from the Manhattan School of Music and served as a chamber music coach at the school. He was noted with “Performance Distinction” after his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. While still at New England Conservatory, The Boston Globe hailed Bradley for his “sensitive” Boston premiere of Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronisms #10 in Jordan Hall. He has been acclaimed as “Superb!” by renowned guitarist David Starobin, and as having “… a rich blend of musical refinement, soulful communication and that rarity, emotional intelligence.” by celebrated guitarist/composer David Leisner.

Bradley holds undergraduate degrees from both Tufts University and the New England Conservatory, and MM and DMA degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. He teaches in New York City at the Special Music School and at the Diller-Quaile School of Music.

Bradley plays on a Daryl Perry guitar, endorses Hannabach Strings and is an Azica Recording Artist. Bradley has received funding for his Ernst Bacon CD and other related projects from The Ernst Bacon Society and The Diller-Quaile School of Music.

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