Classical Guitarist Lyle Sheffler was a member of the Long Island Youth Orchestra from 2002-2006 on Double Bass. He was fortunate to go on five of the summer tours, which took him all over Europe, Asia, Central and South America, Australia and the South Pacific. During his senior year, Lyle played Principal Bass for LIYO’s concert at Carnegie Hall and performed as a guitar soloist for Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Fantasia para un Gentilhombre” in June 2006. Lyle truly believes that his orchestral experience in LIYO during his developmental years has made him into the musician he is today. The orchestral colors that he experienced while in LIYO, a full symphonic orchestra, has definitely shaped the way he hears and approaches music on classical guitar. Mr. Dreiwitz will always be a pillar in Lyle’s musical, educational, and personal development.
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 Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Fantasia para un Gentilhombre” and Antonio Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D Major. Lyle currently has a solo album of solo guitar works as well as an album with his Flute/Guitar Duo, Duo Bohème, entitled Senza Misura. Both are available on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital distribution sites. Lyle is currently a sought after classical guitarist and teacher and performs across San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area where he currently resides
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 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 member of the Duo Boheme with flutist Courtney Wise.
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 hand-made cedar guitar built by Randy Angella.
Lyle Sheffler has released a new album entitled “Lyle Sheffler-Classical Guitar” and a new flute/guitar album, “Senza Misura,” both which can now be purchased on iTunes and Amazon.com. For information on upcoming performances, please go to www.lylesheffler.com