Thatcher Harrison plays everything from pop standards to jazz, classical, fingerstyle, eight-finger tapping on one guitar, and eight-finger tapping on two guitars.
And if that weren’t enough, Thatcher is also an accomplished composer who composes for fingerstyle, classical, and jazz guitar.
Regardless of whether his compositions are upbeat and fun, or quiet and structurally complex, Thatcher Harrison focuses first and foremost on composing music that is both beautiful and well structured.
Since his onstage debut at the age of five, Thatcher has maintained a steady performance schedule that has seen him entertain audiences in concert halls, coffee houses, restaurants, indoor and outdoor music festivals, corporate events, weddings, and house concerts. He has also appeared on various television and radio programs. Thatcher’s musical versatility, impressive technical capabilities, and engaging on-stage personality has led him to generate a strong fanbase.
In a generation marked by more virtuoso musicians than ever before, Thatcher stands out by virtue of his ability to play many genres at a high level. In a typical show, he might perform a popular Beatles song using modern fingerstyle techniques, a classical piece by J.S. Bach, a timeless jazz standard by Rodgers and Hart, and an original fingerstyle guitar composition. By performing many different kinds of music, Thatcher wants to make sure that everyone who comes to see him perform leaves satisfied.
In addition to his career as a solo guitarist, Thatcher has experience working in group settings. Over the course of his career, he has performed as a session musician, sideperson, classical chamber musician, and a member of small jazz combos and large big-band ensembles.
Thatcher studies classical guitar with the award-winning guitarist Will Riley, who received his Bachelor of Music degree from Butler School of Music at University of Texas Austin as a student of the renowned classical guitarist and professor Adam Holzman. Riley then received his Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory as a student of the legendary classical guitarist Eliot Fisk.
Thatcher also studies jazz guitar with the award-winning guitarist and composer Jim Robitaille, a student of Berklee College of Music professor Jon Damian and the winner of the 2002 BMI/Thelonious Monk Composition Competition. Thatcher has also performed in masterclasses and/or taken private lessons with Leo Brouwer, Paquito D'Rivera, Eliot Fisk, Bruce Holzman, Dave Eggar, Elliot Frank, Jerome Mouffe, Jonathan Dinklage, Keve Wilson, and Chuck Palmer.
Starting in the fall semester of 2019, Thatcher will study at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. He will pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance studying with Eliot Fisk and Jerome Mouffe.