In the mix of Boston's chaotic music scene, Tony Rizzotto is seen as a Renaissance Man of guitar. On any given night you may see him performing on stage with the Ingrid Gerdes Band or in a concert hall performing solo and chamber works for classical guitar. With almost 20 years of experience behind him, Tony has been working tirelessly to be something most can only dream about: a musician who is truly versatile.
Tony comes from a rare breed of musician having become an accomplished performer, arranger, composer and pedagogue. As a performer he has performed all over the United States with the Ingrid Gerdes Band and B-Suite, a talented Boston cover band that he managed and arranged music for 5 years. In the fall of 2011, over 11 million people heard Tony perform on the Thanksgiving Day special of NPR’s “All Things Considered" and was called "Incredibly Inventive" by WBUR's Radio Boston. His compositions and arrangements have been heard in as wide a range of venues as National Public Radio, the Fenway Center, and Pickman Hall.
As a teacher, Tony is a devoted pedagogue, and continues to research, write and innovate the way people, young or old, can learn to play guitar. Tony holds a Bachelors Degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music and a Masters of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Longy School of Music where he had the privilege of studying guitar with David Patterson. Many of his teachers have been some of the last direct pupils of the Spanish Maestro Andres Segovia. Tony is on Faculty at the Yamaha Music School of Boston - Yamaha's only Corporate school in North America.
Tony plays a guitar by Aaron Green and La Bella Strings, exclusively.