Welcome to my web site. My name is Matthew Lister and I’m a classical guitarist from Dover, New Hampshire with over a decade of professional experience. I regularly perform at weddings and other functions, and my extensive repertoire gives me the ability to tailor my music to your individual needs.
Whether you’re looking for a musician to perform that special piece of music during the ceremony, or you’re looking for someone who can set just the right mood during cocktails or dinner, I’ll work with you to bring it all together.
In addition to my classical repertoire, I am accomplished in a number of other musical genres and I am particularly adept at arranging popular music for solo classical guitar.
My YouTube video below, where I perform my own arrangement of Storybook Love, the theme from the movie “The Princess Bride” (available for purchase here), is just one example of the many arrangements I have created and performed at the request of a bride or groom for their individualized wedding music.
Storybook Love (Theme from the Princess Bride)
Click here for information on booking me to perform at your wedding or other event.
Among the many events and venues where I’ve performed over the years, I have played at various events produced by New Hampshire Magazine. Other highlights include playing an event at Wentworth by the Sea, a number of weddings and events at the Stageneck Inn and many other venues. I have performed numerous times at UNH, my alma mater. Regardless of the size or venue, I will work with you to make your occasion special.
I teach beginning and intermediate guitar to both children and adults at the Seacoast’s best Music Store, Earcraft Music in Dover, New Hampshire. If you are interested in becoming one of my guitar students, please visit my Lessons Page.
Recently I completed arranging, for two guitars, all seven minuets of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Sieben Menuette” KV 65a. I believe I’m the first person to arrange this work for two guitars. Performing with me on these duets is my close friend and fellow classical guitarist, Nick Lanzer. All seven minuets were recorded at Tweek Sound in Concord, NH and are currently available for purchase online here. You can check them out on YouTube as well:
I was born to American parents in Pisa, Italy and moved to New England when I was two. I began playing when I was a child, and gravitated towards classical guitar in my early teens. My early influences included English folk master John Renbourn, American violinist, Mark O’Connor and Spanish flamenco master, Sabicas.
I graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Performance and was fortunate to study with Professor Christopher Kane.