Christopher Matthew Ríos Lorenzo is a Puerto Rican classical guitarist. At the age of seven, he discovered his love for music and became a self-taught guitarist until the beginning of his undergraduate studies. In June 2015 Christopher obtained his BMus in Classical Guitar Performance from the Puerto Rico Music Conservatoire. A spiritual, passionate and empathic performer, Christopher has an affinity for Spanish and Latin American music.
As part of his training, Christopher Matthew has participated in guitar festivals such as Guitar Alla Grande Festival 11thEdition in Gatineau, Quebec, Domaine Forget Guitar Festival in Quebec, Canada, San Sebastian del Pepino de las Vegas International Guitar Festival (2nd, 3rd and 4th ed.) in Puerto Rico. In addition, Christopher has participated in master-classes with internationally renowned artists such as Manuel Barrueco (Cuba-USA), Javier Bravo (Argentina), Jérôme Ducharme (Canada), Matteo Mela (Italia), David Russell (United Kingdom), Bruce Holzman (USA), Lorenzo Micheli (Italy) and Pavel Steidl (Czech Republic).
As a young artist he has performed in cities throughout Puerto Rico and in various venues in the Ottawa region and Saskatchewan. Christopher Matthew has a Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Ottawa where he studied with the Canadian guitarist and composer Professor Patrick Roux.
He can teach a wide array of classical guitar styles as well as rock pop guitar. His private teaching instructions are based on a compilation of didactic material by numerous renowned guitar pedagogues such as: Aaron Shearer, Frederick Noad, and Norbert Kraft among others. These include technical exercises for right and left hand, chords, rhythm, scales and ear training.
Christopher enjoys teaching and brings forward motivation along with a positive and relaxed learning environment for his students. He is excited to be joining our Yamaha team in the upcoming school year.