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, most notably on NPR's From The Top. 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 composition by Johann Sebastian 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 is currently studying for his Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. He studies with Eliot Fisk and Jérôme Mouffe, and he also studies privately with flamenco virtuoso Grisha Goryachev.
Prior to attending New England Conservatory, Thatcher studied 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 studied 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 performed in masterclasses and/or taken private lessons with Leo Brouwer, Paquito D'Rivera, Jason Vieaux, William Kanengiser, Benjamin Verdery, David Leisner, Joaquín Clerch, SoloDuo (Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela), Julian Gray, Michael Newman, Zaira Meneses, Bruce Holzman, Patrick Roux, João Luiz, Elliot Frank, Zhenqi Min, Adam Levin, Scott Borg, William Anderson, Dave Eggar, Jonathan Dinklage, Keve Wilson, Mark Zaleski, Lautaro Mantilla, and Chuck Palmer.