Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world's top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the First Guitar Foundation of America International Competition (1982) and the National Fingerstyle Championship at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas (1998). Michael has twice won the coveted National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grant, took First Prize in the Music Teachers National Association's Guitar Competitions, and won the Silver Medal in Venezuela's VIII Concurso International de Guitarra "Alirio Diaz". Michael is Professor of Music and head of guitar studies at the University of New Mexico, and has previously been on the faculties of the University of Colorado at Denver and Metropolitan State University. He has performed and given master classes throughout the world including, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Peru, Venezuela, Taiwan, Indonesia and at institutions such as, University of Miami, Mannes School of Music, University of Texas, and California State University.
... Other young guitarists have excellent technique, but few have such style and musicality, and Chapdelaine's beautiful tone is the nearest to Segovia's that I can recall." - Acoustic Guitar