A Baltimore citizen for the past decade, Jeremy Lyons began studying music from a young age. He began playing the guitar when he was five years old, and also started cello lessons soon after. Even prior to attending college he was regularly performing as a soloist and as a member of several orchestras and chamber ensembles. He received a BM in guitar performance (Summa Cum Laude) from the Florida State University, where he studied with Bruce Holzman, and holds a MM in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy, a MM in Musicology, and a DMA all from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Manuel Barrueco.
While attending Florida State University, he also studied the viola da gamba with professor Pamela Andrews, the Renaissance lute with Anthony Rooley, and the gu-zheng (an ancient Chinese zither) with Haiqiong Deng. He was a member of the FSU Viols, the FSU Chinese Ensemble, and he regularly accompanied the FSU Early Music Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Kite-Powell. Jeremy also participated in the Early Music Ensembles at the Peabody Conservatory where he performed with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and the Peabody Consort, both directed by Mark Cudek, and the Peabody consort of Viols, directed by John Moran.
As a guitarist, Jeremy gives solo recitals and frequently appears with orchestras and chamber ensembles across the country. He also regularly performs with his duo partners Soprano, Lisa Perry, and Flutist, Stephanie Ray. Jeremy continues to perform on viola da gamba, lute, Baroque guitar, and often uses his electric guitar in combination with electronics for contemporary compositions . While maintaining an active performing career, Jeremy is a guitar instructor at several music schools in the Baltimore area, and he also teaches guitar privately from his home.
Jeremy also delivers lectures concerning classical guitar history and the many influences that effect the repertoire of music available to the modern day guitarist. His research interests include pedagogical approaches to teaching the guitar, contemporary guitar literature, and the perception of a modern day guitarist as a musician.
An advocate for contemporary music, Jeremy regularly writes music, collaborates with other composers, and enthusiastically participates in music that connects to a variety of audience members. He is a member of two Baltimore-based contemporary music ensembles: Mind on Fire and the Pique Collective. These ensembles explore the many sounds, sensations, experiences, and possibilities that arise from a performance, held in a public space, that invites the audience to immediately react and interact with the show that they attend.
If you would like to contact Jeremy about booking a performance, commissioning a new work, collaborating to produce an event, scheduling a lecture, or taking private lessons, you can do so through the contact page.