James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition


presented by the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and hosted by the

Cleveland Institute of Music

Thomas Flippin (USA)
Thomas Flippin is an original and versatile voice in the world of contemporary classical music. In 2018 his ensemble, Duo Noire, released their critically-acclaimed album, Night Triptych, featuring new works for guitar duo composed exclusively by women composers. It was praised internationally for being a "truly pathbreaking recording" (AllMusic) and was named as one of the top classical music albums for 2018 by both All Music and I Care if You Listen.

Recent highlights include: premiering Chris Brubeck's double concerto for classical and blues guitars with the Memphis Symphony, composing a string quartet for a joint commission by the New York Philharmonic, Juilliard & the American Composers Forum, premiering a work by Nathalie Joachim with Duo Noire at the 2022 Guitar Foundation of America Convention, and recording a video performance of Flippin’s composition at Severance Hall with Duo Noire and members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Flippin graduated from the University of Chicago with honors and the Olga and Paul Menn prize for undergraduate music composition. He then earned Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees in guitar performance from the Yale School of Music, while simultaneously taking myriad composition courses. His primary guitar teachers were Benjamin Verdery, Denis Azabagic, and Dr. Julie Goldberg. Currently, Flippin is the Guitar Department Head at the Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan.

Artist's website: https://thomasflippin.com/