Matthew Trkula is a Washington, D.C. based classical guitarist and teacher. He received a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, a M.M. in Classical Guitar Performance, and a M.M. in Music Education from George Mason University. He is a former student of Clare Callahan and Larry Snitzler, both students of Andres Segovia.
Mr. Trkula showed exceptional ability on the guitar at an early age and began his performing career at age 12. He has since performed across the country both as a soloist and with chamber groups, presenting recitals in a variety of venues ranging from concert halls to jazz clubs. His playing has earned him numerous awards including the Oscar Ghiglia Scholarship and the Andres Segovia Scholarship, as well as prizes in several competitions including First Prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition and Fourth Prize in the Music Teachers National Association Competition.
Mr. Trkula is on faculty at George Mason University as the Professor of Applied Classical Guitar and the Director of the Guitar Ensemble. In addition to his work at Mason, Mr. Trkula teaches guitar for Fairfax County Public Schools at South Lakes High School, and also maintains an active private studio in Northern Virginia specializing in teaching classical guitar to all ages and levels. Mr. Trkula is also involved with several community outreach efforts, working regularly with local schools and conducting clinics & workshops.