David Sewell is a guitarist, arranger, and educator in Phoenix, Arizona. He is devoted to arranging unique repertoire for the guitar and teaching his students at Grand Canyon University a wide variety of styles and techniques.
Sewell has received awards and recognition including first prize of 2016 UL Friends of Music Guitar Competition, teaching assistantship at U of L, and a teaching assistantship at Arizona State University where he is now currently finishing his DMA. Here he studies with South Korean virtuoso JIJI and renowned pedagogue Frank Koonce.
As a part of David’s DMA research he is currently arranging Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre’s Harpsichord Suite in A Minor for solo guitar. This arrangement will be a grand representation of the French Baroque dance suites of the late 17th century including nine movements and an unmeasured prelude.
As a passionate chamber musician, David has premiered a guitar orchestra piece “By Chants” written by notable composer/guitarist Andrew York with the Arizona Guitar Orchestra and the Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He regularly works with with other musicians performing a broad range of genres.
David received his Bachelors in guitar performance at the University of Southern Mississippi under Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo. He received his Masters in guitar performance at the University of Louisiana under Dr. Jeffrey George.
David has performed in masterclasses with celebrated guitarist such as Brasil Guitar Duo, Martha Masters, Francisco Bernier, Rene Izquierdo, Anton Baranov, Adam Holzman, and Marcin Dylla.
Born in Biloxi, Mississippi David began playing electric guitar at 13 and by 16 was teaching guitar at a local music store to all ages and levels. His electric guitar influences drew him to classical music where he began his pursuit as a classical guitarist.