Patrick Sutton

Commercial Guitar

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  • D.M.A., Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Colorado, 2014
  • M.M., Master of Music, University of Denver, 2010
  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, University of Denver, 2007


Dr. Patrick Sutton is an award-winning guitarist, chamber musician and recording artist from Evergreen, Colorado. He was a featured artist at the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Convention. His eclectic performing and teaching career has taken him to conflict zones, three coasts of Africa, both ends of Vietnam, border towns, major cities, as well as myriad music societies, universities, and concert halls in-between. Recent concerts and masterclasses include the Florida Guitar Foundation, Portland International Guitar Series, International Guitar Artist Series at the Minnesota Guitar Society, Knoxville Guitar Society, University of Cape Town in South Africa, Shanghai Conservatory in China, and the Canadian Embassy of Afghanistan. Patrick also recently performed and taught as a Juilliard Global Visiting Artist at Nord Anglia international schools in Bratislava, Budapest, Dublin, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and New York City. Other recent international engagements include concerts in Cairo and Alexandria with Egyptian fusion group, The Nour Project, and a concert tour of Poland with the Memphis Mix soul band. In 2018, Patrick was one of twelve musicians including James Taylor, Carly Simon and Natasha Bedingfield, to compose original music for the interactive art installation, "Come to Your Senses" at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA). Dr. Sutton's recording projects have been distributed by record labels such as Naxos, Ravello and MSR Classics.

Patrick is a strong believer in the transformative power of educational outreach in developing countries. While in Kabul, Afghanistan for guest artist residencies in 2014 and 2015, Patrick worked with the budding generation of young Afghan musicians at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and helped set up a year-by-year curriculum for the guitar program. Patrick also recently taught and performed at the Atlas Music Academy's "Chopin in the Forest" music festival in the mountains of Beni M'tir, Tunisia.