Classical Guitarist Ben Lougheed has performed around the United States at guitar societies, universities, and concert series and has been featured on several radio and television programs. His playing has been described as “extremely precise” and “music of dramatic power and lyric beauty.”
Ben has been awarded numerous prizes including the Charlie Byrd Memorial Endowed Scholarship in guitar, multiple grants from the Rislov Foundation, The Frank Longay Memorial Scholarship, and he currently serves as a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University.
Ben is also the President of the Classical Guitar Society at FSU and has played in and organized dozens of concerts in diverse venues around Tallahassee including churches, hospitals, middle and high schools, restaurants, and on FSU’s beautiful campus. This has provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with people in every walk of life and stimulate a love of guitar music in them. This role also led Ben to become the Director of the Florida Guitar Festival, a weekend-long event that features masterclasses, concerts, lectures, guitar showcases, and a multi-division competition with individuals from around the world.
An enthusiastic teacher, Ben has worked with hundreds of students of all ages and currently has a studio of over 30 students in Tallahassee, FL. His students have consistently earned top marks at Solo and Ensemble and other similar festivals.
Ben was also one of the co-founders and artistic directors of the Tallahassee chapter of Classical Revolution. Under his leadership, the organization gave 30 concerts that showcased the talents of over 150 different performers and became a fixture in the Tallahassee music scene.
Ben began his guitar study at the age of six with notable Suzuki pedagogue Marylou Roberts. He then earned his Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, studying with department chair Julian Gray. He completed his Masters of Music in Guitar Performance at Florida State, under the tutelage of Bruce Holzman, who was recently inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America Hall of Fame. Currently, Ben is continuing his studies with Mr. Holzman while completing his Doctorate of Music in Guitar Performance from FSU. He has also participated in master classes with many of the most accomplished guitarists in the world, including Jason Vieaux, Denis Azabagic, Alvaro Pierri, Judicael Perroy and Paul Galbraith.
Ben plays on a handmade guitar by German Luthier Antonius Müller.