Jeff Scott - Classical Guitarist
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Jeff has been performing, recording, and teaching music for over 22 years. Performing over 150 shows each year, Jeff performs all styles of music including Classical, Jazz, Spanish, and Popular. A 1989 graduate of Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance. Jeff has and continues to study with many world-renowned artists including Stephen Robinson (a protege of the great guitarist Andres Segovia) at Stetson University in Florida, and composer/guitarist Loris Chobanian, as well as with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and vocal studies with David Gooding, director of the Cleveland Opera Chorus.
Among the numerous solo concerts and private engagements he has performed, included are Master Classes for eminent guitarists such as Eliot Fisk, Eduardo Fernandez, Benjamin Verdery, Bruce Holzman, and the Pearl and Gray Duo. He has performed for dignitaries such as Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood, Governor of Ohio George Voinovich, Congressman Bill Sublette, former Secretary Of State Alexander Haig, and ten other U.S. Secretaries of State. In June 1995, Jeff and his music were featured at an art showing honoring artist Thomas Kincade. Also notable are performances in Cleveland for organizations such as L.T.V. Steel Corporation at the Terminal Tower, The Eaton Corporation, Real Estate Title Corporation, Realty One Corporation, and Cleveland City Hall.
Since moving to Orlando in 1996, Jeff has performed for many organizations including the Central Florida Pediatrics Society, Florida Today Newspaper, and Architects of Central Florida at the Orlando Museum of Art. Other venues he has performed at include Walt Disney World, The Disney Institute, Universal Studios, House Of Blues concert hall, Church Street Station, Leu Gardens, Cypress Grove; numerous country clubs including Heathrow, Alaqua, Isleworth, Windermere, Bay Hill, Mt. Dora, Sabal Point, Interlachen, and Timacuan; restaurants including Maison et Jardin, Citrus Club, Emeril's, Wolfgang Puck's, and Nicole St. Pierre's; and numerous weddings and private engagements at hotels and convention centers such as Disney's Swan & Dolphin Resorts, Grand Floridian, Omni Rosen/Rosen Center/Clarion, Marriott, Radisson, Embassy Suites, The Peabody, Renaissance, Caribe Royale, Orlando Hilton, Hyatt, and many more. Jeff has also been interviewed and performed live on several Orlando radio stations.
Jeff has performed in many musical theater productions. In 1996, he played guitar, sang, and acted in the Cleveland Opera's production of Dale Wasserman's Man of La Mancha. Other musicals he has performed in include Evita, Working, Hannah....1939, and Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. He has also performed with Virginia Steiger, principal flutist of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and plays Renaissance Lute with Renaissance ensembles.
His experience also includes extensive performing in jazz and rock music settings. He has toured the eastern US and Canada, and more recently, he has been writing, recording, and touring with his three piece rock project. Jeff is currently performing in the Florida area as a solo artist and in a variety of musical combinations including duos, trios, & quartets, playing a variety of different music styles including Classical, Jazz, Spanish/Brazilian, and Top 40/Popular music. He is currently performing with his jazz projects on a 7 string jazz guitar built by Gary Mortoro, which incorporates an additional lower 7th string that extends the guitar's bass range. For classical music, he performs on Ramirez guitars, known as one of the finest guitars in the world, which were also used by the great Andres Segovia.
Jeff has conducted music seminars in Orlando area schools on the guitar's history and it's role in music. His teaching experience extends over the past 22 years in the Cleveland and Orlando areas. For several years he was director of the guitar department at the Florida State Conservatory of Music, a private music school. Working with students of all styles and levels, he continues to give instruction and workshops on guitar.