Solomon Silber’s distinctive background and scope of experience in guitar music directly inform his live performances and recordings. His extraordinary technique and passion are balanced by his sensitive interpretation of the music.
Silber was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began his training in classical guitar at age five. He embarked on his serious study of the instrument with guitarist/composer Allen Krantz, director of the Guitar Department at Temple University, with whom he would study for the next twelve years. He has worked with the most accomplished artists in his field including Eliot Fisk, Sharon Isbin and Manuel Barrueco. From 1997-2000 Silber studied with Oscar Ghiglia, a student of Andrés Segovia, at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy. At the age of sixteen, Silber became the only guitarist ever to win the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Competition, and in 1998 performed as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In 2001, Silber entered Yale University to study with Benjamin Verdery, Chair of the Guitar Department at the Yale School of Music. In a freshman sculpture course, he had an accident that severely damaged his left hand. After withdrawing from school for rehabilitation, Silber was unable to play classical guitar and he spent a decade working in the contemporary music world.
Silber returned to Yale University in 2011 to resume classical guitar studies with Mr. Verdery. Ten months later he was a semi-finalist and was awarded fourth place at the 2012 Christopher Parkening International Guitar Competition at Pepperdine University.
Graduating with honors in Music from Yale in 2014, Silber is now performing and recording while completing his Masters Degree at the Yale School of Music. He recently recorded his second album, Waterfront Studio Sessions, Vol. 1, in Hudson, New York. The recording sessions from this analogue studio are documented in a series of short films and are available on his website, Solomonsilber.com.
Sonatina Meridional Manuel María Ponce (1882 –1948)
Mano a Mano Magnus Lindberg (b. 1958)
Lute Suite in E minor, BWV 996 J.S. Bach (1685-1750)