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Christopher Ladd

Associate in Music and Guitar, Program chair of guitar and harp


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Award winning guitarist Christopher Ladd has rapidly become known throughout the country as one of the most promising classical musicians of his generation.  Fingerstyle Guitar hails his performances as being  “… rendered confidently and expressively.” Praised as  “… an exercise in extremes.” by Soundboard Magazine, he is highly sought after as a soloist and chamber musician. 

Performances of note include the DiMenna Center in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Viennese Opera Ball hosted by the Austrian Embassy, the historic Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock, NY and for former vice-president Al Gore at his residence in Washington, D.C. Active also as a chamber musician, Mr. Ladd is a founding member of the New England Guitar Quartet and the Pandora Duo which features acclaimed flutist Janet Arms.

In addition to performing pieces of standard repertoire, Mr. Ladd has premiered numerous new works by composers such as Robert Carl, Nolan Stolz, Lief Ellis, Kathryn Swanson, Ty Alan Emerson, Ernst Bacon, Phillip Houghton and Frank Wallace.  Recently he had the opportunity to work with Grammy and Academy Award winning composer John Corigliano, in a performance of his work Troubadours for guitar and chamber orchestra conducted by Edward Cumming.

As a recording artist Mr. Ladd’s multi-faceted career exemplifies his continual search for new ways to present the classical guitar. He has appeared on numerous projects for feature film, theater and the stage. His performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez can be heard on the documentary The Real Royal Trip directed by Sangh Kim and a selection of his performance of J.S. Bach’s Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998 can be heard in The Asylum’s cult-hit Megashark vs. Giant Octopus. Most recently he contributed his skills to the 25th Anniversary of the epic metal band While Heaven Wept’s newest release “Suspended at Aphelion” on Nuclear Blast Records released in late October of 2014.

Mr. Ladd is a prize winner of numerous competitions including the Appalachian Guitar Festival Solo Competition, American String Teachers Association Competition and was twice a semi-finalist in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition.

He has performed in masterclasses for world-renowned guitarists including Raphaella Smits, Elena Papandreau, Roland Dyens, Oscar Ghiglia, Antigoni Goni, David Tanenbaum and John Williams.

Mr. Ladd currently serves on the faculty of The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut as an Artist/Teacher, Director of The Hartt School Guitar Festival and as the Chair of the Guitar and Harp Program.

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