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Dr. Michael Patilla

Dr. Michael Patilla


Guitar, Strings Area Coordinator

(662) 325-2866

Music Building A, Room D

Classical guitarist Michael Patilla is an internationally-celebrated performer, educator and recording artist. He has been a featured soloist throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Central America, including performances with the Eastman Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Honduras and, most recently, the Kolkata Youth Orchestra. 

“American guitarist Michael Patilla delighted the audience…” (El Pais) and is hailed for his “fine musical sense…unfailingly enchanting program” (Berkshires Arts and Entertainment) and “…dexterous fingers…brilliant technique…” (The Birmingham News).

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (DMA ’03), where he studied with Nicholas Goluses, Michael Patilla founded the guitar department at Mississippi State University (MSU) in 2001 and continues to serve as Professor of Guitar and chair of the string area. One career highlight is his ongoing participation the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program. Following a prestigious Fulbright lecture/research award in 2007-2008, where he served as a guest lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the National Autonomous University in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, he was appointed to the Senior Specialist Roster and later the Peer Review Committee. He currently serves as a member of the MSU Fulbright Committee.

He continues to broaden the global awareness of classical guitar through varied repertoire by contributing to and performing works of living composers, such as Rusty Banks, William Bolcom, Monroe Golden, Charles Norman Mason, Douglas McConnell, Ronald Pearl, Alain Michel Riou and Scott Robbins, and encouraging the creation of new works, particularly through his 2011 publication and recording of music by Honduran composers.