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Concert program for Lyle Sheffler

Friday, September 18, 2020 at 8 pm

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Lyle Sheffler, guitar


Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)
Chôros no. 1 

Heitor Villa-Lobos
selections from Suite Populaire Brésilienne

Leo Brower (b. 1939)
Berceuse – Canción e Cuna 

Dietmar Ungerank (b. 1950)
Intonation and Four Sound-and-Image Compositions                                        Intonation
            Long Out-stretched Pier with its Shadows
            Wind on the Hill
            Waiting for Guests
            Land Circus


Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909)

Francisco Tárrega (1852–1909)
Capricho Arabe 


John Downland (1563–1626)
My Lady Hunsdon’s Puffe

Peter Maxwell Davis (1934–2016)
Farewell to Stromness

Traditional Irish Reel
The Bucks of Oranmore


Agustín Barrios (1885–1944)
Danza Paraguaya

The Performer

International guitar soloist Lyle Sheffler began playing classical guitar at the age of seven and made his first public appearance at the age of eight. Acclaimed for his artistry, warm tone, and captivating programs, he has played at such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, Freight & Salvage Stadium, the Tilles Center, and the Hanoi Opera House, as well as numerous other concert halls around the globe. In addition to solo recitals, Lyle has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras with Joaquín Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un gentilhombre and Antonio Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D major.

In the fall of 2012, Lyle was invited to tour the Middle East and Asia with Celebrity Cruises as a solo classical guitarist. He was also selected to participate in the prestigious Ile de Ré International Guitar Festival in France, led by guitar virtuoso Philippe Villa in 2010. While in France, Lyle was hand-picked to perform in a solo concert held open to the public, as well as to play first guitar in several different chamber ensembles. During the summer of 2009, Lyle was awarded the opportunity to participate in both the Iserlohn Classical Guitar Festival in Germany and the Polish Guitar Academy in Poznan, Poland. There, he performed both in ensembles and as a soloist. He has participated in master classes with many world-renowned artists including Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, and many others.

Lyle earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied under the tutelage of acclaimed guitar pedagogue Ray Chester. Lyle received his Masters of Music degree in classical guitar from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Guitar Foundation of America competition winner and Naxos recording artist Marc Teicholz and department chair David Tanenbaum.

As a performer, Lyle has become an integral part of the San Francisco music community, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He also maintains a thriving teaching studio and is now accepting students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides classical guitar, Lyle is proficient on double bass, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, and lute. He looks forward to a future of sharing his love for the guitar with his audiences and students, alike.

Lyle Sheffler currently plays on a spruce double-top super concert guitar hand built by Jeroen Hilhorst. Lyle Sheffler has released a digital solo album entitled Lyle Sheffler-Classical Guitar. For information on upcoming performances, please go to or send an e-mail to with inquiries about private lessons or recital bookings. Lyle Sheffler’s teaching studio is currently open.