Brett Floyd earned his bachelors in music from Indiana University, his masters in music from the University of South Carolina and he is currently ABD with his Doctorate in Classical Guitar Performance at the University of South Carolina School of Music.
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. He has also performed with the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra.
Brett 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.
Over the past years, 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.
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 2018, Brett’s solo program includes music from and inspired by Latin America. The music blends dance rhythms with jazz harmonies and soaring lyric melodies. The music of Latin America finds a beautiful home on the guitar. This program also showcases Brett’s solo arrangements of three beautiful songs by American singer/songwriter Tom Waits and the three movement work, Triduum. The latter piece was commissioned by Brett and draws inspiration from the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection days of Holy Week. Using a unique guitar tuning , extended harmonies and leitmotifs, Triduum captures the drama, pain and beauty of Holy Week.
Brett plays a 1980 Paul Fisher guitar with a new Cedar/Spruce double-top designed and installed by Ross Gutmier in 2016 and a 2007 Dake Traphagen.
He uses Savarez Srtings, ErgoPlay supports, Karura, Cases and DoMatch tea. He resides in Columbia, SC with his wife and two sons.