Gideon Whitehead, first began playing the guitar at the age of 14. He was self-taught on the steel-string guitar for about a year before switching to classical guitar. Shortly thereafter, he received his first private instruction on the guitar. Gideon progressed very quickly, learning many pieces and performing his first full length recital at the age of 16.
Since then Gideon has performed a number of recitals and has competed at various international festivals. He has enjoyed much success at these festivals earning top prizes at the 2011 James Stroud Guitar Competition and at the 2010 and 2011 University of Louisville International Guitar Competition. He has also played for concert series throughout Michigan and Ohio. He has performed in master classes for many internationally acclaimed concert artists including Christopher Parkening, Jason Vieaux, Marcin Dylla, and Ricardo Cobo. In addition to being a committed performer, he also enjoys composing for the guitar and for other instruments. His compositions have won awards in the 2008 Michigan Music Teacher’s Association Honors Composition Competition, and he was selected from a number of professional composers and performs to premiere one of his works in a concert for the Grand Rapids, MAJIC series. Gideon has been teaching privately since 2007. In the spring of 2012, Gideon will be completing his Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he is studying with world renowned guitarist Jason Vieaux.