Currently Teaching: Music Academy Denver, Music Academy Boulder, Music Academy
“Keith is a perfect example of what we want in the field: brilliant, hard-working, patient, kind and charismatic.” ~Zachary Carretin, Artistic Director of the Boulder Bach Festival
Keith Barnhart is an energetic performer and teacher living in Boulder, Colorado. Adept on multiple instruments, he can be seen and heard performing regularly with the Boulder Bach Festival and the Ursa early music consort. He is also the founding member of the Fog City Guitar Duo with guitarist Patrick Smith, currently working on their first commercial recording including the music of Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Hans Werner Henze. Keith has performed in concerts coast to coast in the United States including Montana, South Dakota, Colorado, California, Ohio, Florida, and Oregon. March of 2009 marked Keith’s first international performance, dazzling a crowd in Kokonoe Japan.
Keith received a Bachelor of Music in 2006 from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver with a double emphasis in classical guitar performance and commercial music technology. He studied under Ricardo Iznaola and Jonathan Leathwood for four years and received a senior classical guitar “Recital of Distinction” as well as the prestigious Ricardo Iznaola scholarship. He received his Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2015 with an emphasis in Historical Performance. While there he studied with Marc Teicholz, David Tanenbaum and Richard Savino. Currently, Keith is pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder under the tutelage of Nicolò Spera. Keith has also studied with other notable guitarists including Christopher Parkening, The Bejing Guitar Duo, Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela and Sergio Assad.
Keith has taught since 2006. He has experience teaching students from beginner to advanced both privately as well as in a group setting. He has taught on a variety of instruments in addition to classical guitar including steel string guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, ukulele, percussion, and piano. Additionally, Keith is working towards a certification as a Suzuki guitar instructor and as a Music Practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program.