Punch Drunk Love
Rochester Guitar Festival 2024


Saturday, April 6, 2024
Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.)

Doors: 6:30pm
Concert: 7:00pm

$20 General Admission
$15 Students

Tickets available online in advance, or at the door.

No Little Theatre comps or member discounts apply.

French guitar phenomenon Dr. Thomas Viloteau is widely considered one of the most gifted classical guitarists today. His first concert was in his home country of France only a year after he began playing, in front of an audience of 200 people. Since that concert, Thomas has played in some of the best venues throughout the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, Taiwan and Puerto Rico.

Born into a family of fine arts enthusiasts, Dr. Viloteau took his first lesson at the age of twelve. Eight years later he won first prize at the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and subsequently spent a year concertizing in the United States. Other first prizes include the Francisco Tárrega competition in Spain, Mottola competition in Italy, Sernancelhe competition in Portugal, Ville d’Antony competition in France, and Segovia competition in Spain. Dr. Viloteau is the only guitarist to ever win the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association.

His book on guitar technique, ‘In the Black Box, Technique(s) of the Classical Guitar,’ has sold more than a thousand copies worldwide. He has been the Artist-in-Residence at the radio show Performance Today, broadcasting his playing performances to more than a million people across the USA. Dr. Viloteau has released recordings with Naxos, MelBay and La Ma de Guido. His two latest albums, ‘Dances Through the Centuries’ and ‘A Song and Dance’ released on Tigado, contain world premiere recordings of the Suite Brasileira 3, which was commissioned and dedicated to Dr. Thomas Viloteau, and of the Suite Brasileira 4, both by Sergio Assad.

Dr. Viloteau has lived in Barcelona, Paris, San Francisco, London, Arizona, Montréal and Rochester, NY.