soloist for Festa Italiana, june 2, 2019
Brandon J. Acker is a soloist, collaborator and lecturer on the classical guitar and early plucked instruments like the lute, baroque guitar and theorbo. Recent achievements include two debut CDs released by Jester Recordings and a highly praised collaboration with the creators of Les Misérables in the English language premiere of their musical La Révolution Française. He’s been praised for his “Able accompaniment on the lute” in Bach’s St. John Passion by the Chicago Classical Review and his frequent lieder and lute song recitals have led the editor of Vocal Arts Chicago to proclaim that “There are few events on this calendar more beautiful or ideal than Brandon J. Acker accompanying a singer in an intimate setting.”
Brandon has toured through England and Scotland with Chamber Opera Chicago and performed with notable groups like the Newberry Consort, Third Coast Baroque, Bella Voce, the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble and more. He has been featured live on WFMT 98.7 and has premiered several works and arrangements on WDRT 91.9. Internationally acclaimed guitarist Jason Vieaux referred to him as possessing a “Beautiful sound and really nice touch on the instrument.” In 2010, Brandon received 1st prize in the Society of American Musician’s Competition.
Upcoming projects include the release of a CD by his harp & guitar duo Strung Up featuring their arrangements of works by Glass, Pärt and Hovhaness.
Brandon also serves on the board for the Chicago Classical Guitar Society as Secretary.