Biography


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Dr. Brett Floyd earned his Bachelor’s in music from Indiana University, and his Master’s and Doctorate in music from the University of South Carolina.  

Brett has performed and taught masterclasses in guest artist concert series at George Mason University, Indiana State University, Erskine College, Anderson University, and the Rosario Guitar Festival.  He has been twice featured on NPR’s ETV Radio and the internationally-broadcasted NPR radio program “Classical Guitar Alive.”  He has taught guitar at Indiana University, The University of South Carolina, the Columbia Arts Academy and currently maintains a private studio of students.  

In masterclasses, Brett has worked with classical guitar greats like David Russell, Roland Dyens, Scott Tennant, Sharon Isbin, Ricardo Cobo, Bruce Holzman, Hubert Kappel, Jose Lascano, Robert Trent,  Christopher Berg, William Yelverton, Ernesto Bitetti, Lily Afshar, and others.  

Dr. Floyd has played in numerous performing arts series, including the InnerChurch Concert Series in NYC, The Candlelight Concert Series at Bruton Parish, South Carolina's Candlelight Series, Midday Music Concert Series, Wednesdays at Trinity Cathedral, and Tuesday’s Music Live. Other performances include the Knoxville Guitar Society Concert Series, Classical Revolution DC, and the Music in Great Places Series in St. Louis.  He has also performed with the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra.

Brett's guitar duo, "The Coda Duo" has record two albums.  The Coda Duo released “Sonata Andaluz” in 2010.  This recording included world premieres of music composed and dedicated to the duo by composer Ralf Bauer and American guitarist/composer Brent McPike.  The recording received critical acclaim for the quality of the playing as well as the diversity of the material presented. 

The Coda Duo’s second album, “Spaces Between” released in 2014.  This album contains solo and duo music composed and dedicated to the duo by composers Fabrice Pierrat and Ralph Bower along with arrangements of other great musical works.  Brett and Chris won first prize in the duo division of the Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition and continue to record and perform across the United States. 

Dr. Floyd plays a 2007 Dake Traphagen traditional spruce and a 2014 Dake Traphagen cedar double top.  He uses Savarez Srtings, Sagework guitar supports, Karura, Cases and DoMatch tea.  He resides in Columbia, SC with his wife and two sons.