West Sussex Guitar Club

Charity No. 1124762

Patrons: Gary Ryan & Fabio Zanon


Matthew McAllister

Matthew McAllister is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Classical Guitarists in Europe.

After an extremely busy start to his professional career, Natural Studio Recordsartist Matthew McAllister has been delighting audiences across Europe and beyond with his thoughtful performances and effortless presentation. From renaissance miniatures to contemporary masterpieces, Matthew’s style encompasses it all – an eclecticism that is reflected in his output to date.

Born in Falkirk and raised in the East Neuk of Fife, Matthew studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, with Allan Neave. During his studies Matthew toured with Scottish Ballet, performed at The 5th & 7th Simon Bolivar Guitar Festivals held at The Venezuelan Embassy in London, recorded for theBBC Artists Index and appeared on BBC and Spanish Television.

Since graduating with BMus (Hons) in 2003, Matthew has enjoyed continued success and is a regular performer and educator at Classical Guitar Festivals and Concert Series worldwide.

Matthew has performed at major venues across the world such as:

  • The Concertgebouw Amsterdam
  • The Scottish Portrait Gallery & National Gallery Edinburgh
  • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • The Sage, Gateshead
  • The Purcell Room, London
  • Playhouse, Alnwick
  • Eugene O’Neil Theatre, San Jose
  • The Teatro Britanico, Lima
  • The Barockmuseum Salzburg
  • Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin
  • The Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, Glasgow
  • The Caird Hall, Dundee
  • Gitaarsalon, Enkhuizen
  • Academy of Music, Esbjerg
  • Teatro Municipal, Arequipa
  • Anthony-Seeger Auditorium, Harrisonburg

Matthew has performed live on British, Spanish, Malaysian, Peruvian and Chilean television, and has been featured on numerous radio broadcasts worldwide, has toured extensively throughout North & South America, Europe and Asia both as a soloist and chamber musician, and has also produced an extensive discography with Natural Studio Records.

As an educator Matthew holds the post of lecturer in classical guitar at the University of St Andrews, and most recently has become the Artistic Director of the Classical Guitar Retreat which presents a residential summer course on the Island of Cumbrae off the West Coast of Scotland.

Matthew is an official D’addario Artist. Website