American classical guitarist and entrepreneur Ben Lougheed’s playing has been described as “extremely precise” while having “dramatic power and lyric beauty.” Ben has performed as a guest soloist at guitar societies, universities, and concert series around the United States and has been featured on several radio and television programs.
Ben has been awarded numerous prizes including the Charlie Byrd Memorial Endowed Scholarship in guitar, The Frank Longay Memorial Scholarship, and multiple grants from the Rislov Foundation. He has also been invited to present by the Guitar Foundation of American, the Tallahassee Council on Culture and Arts, and the Florida Guitar Festival, and was one of only two musicians chosen for the Knight Foundation’s inaugural Tallahassee Arts Entrepreneurs Institute. His debut album is set to be released in summer 2019.
Ben worked as the President of the Classical Guitar Society at FSU for three years and organized dozens of concerts in diverse venues around Tallahassee including churches, hospitals, middle and high schools, restaurants, as well as guest artists recitals at FSU. In this role, Ben also served as the Co-Founder and 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 35 students in Tallahassee, FL. His students have earned top marks at Solo and Ensemble, and other similar festivals as well as been accepted to the All-State and All-National Ensembles.
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 the esteemed Suzuki teacher 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. Ben completed his formal education under celebrated pedagogue Bruce Holzman at Florida State University, earning his Master of Music and Doctor of Music in Guitar Performance along with a certificate in Music Education and Leadership, all while serving as a graduate teaching assistant. He has also participated in masterclasses with many of the most accomplished guitarists in the world, including David Russell, Jason Vieaux, Ana Vidovic, Alvaro Pierri, Zoran Dukic, Marcin Dylla, Rene Izquierdo, Lorenzo Micheli, Judicael Perroy, Paul Galbraith, Pavel Steidl, Denis Azabagic, Jorge Caballero, and William Kanengiser.
Ben plays on a handmade double top guitar by German Luthier Antonius Müller.