Distinguished as "A Virtuoso Upon Six Strings" by the newspaper Rhein-Zeitung, Matthias Lang is one of the leading German guitarists of his generation. He gave concerts on four continents and performed the well-known guitar concerto Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Panamá. His new CD recording Giocosa has been released at the guitar label KSG EXAUDIO.

 

Matthias studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln where he received the Diploma of Music Pedagogy and the Artist Diploma. Afterwards, he completed his Master's degree at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons in Belgium and graduated with the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas. During his doctorate, he was the first guitarist in the history of the university to win the Concerto Competition. In addition, Matthias was a constant prize winner at international guitar competitions, including the Texas A&M International Guitar Competition.

 

After a long-term preoccupation with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and historical performance practice, he wrote his dissertation on the Transcription of Baroque Works for Classical Guitar, and specialized on Bach's second violin sonata (BWV 1003). In comparison to the composer's harpsichord transcription (BWV 964), he created his own arrangement of the work for guitar.

 

For four years Matthias Lang had served as a guitar instructor at America's largest College of Music located at North Texas, until he has been appointed Professor of Guitar at the School of Music at Soochow University in Suzhou, China. Among his current students are finalists and prize winners of international competitions in Asia. While overseeing the guitar department at the university, which he had established, Matthias is giving concerts, masterclasses, and lectures throughout China. As a visiting lecturer he taught at the Chinese conservatories in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Tianjin among others. In addition, he is endorsed by the lutherie Altamira Guitarras and the French string manufacturer Savarez.