Brandon J. Acker is a classical guitarist and specialist on early plucked instruments such as the lute, baroque guitar and theorbo. His latest passion has been to run his successful Youtube channel which now has over 260,000 subscribers and 14 million views. His channel provides educational content about early plucked instruments as well as guitar tips and artistic performance videos.
His interest in education has led him to found a new online music school with his wife called Arpeggiato which offers lessons in “All things that go pluck.” In the few months since it opened in 2020, the school has already taught over 500 lessons to students around the world and in countries like Saudi Arabia, Japan, The Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Australia and more.
Brandon’s performance career has varied from starting out playing electric guitar in metal bands to his current main focus researching and performing on early plucked instruments from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. He has toured extensively through England, Canada, Scotland and Wales, and performed with notable groups such as the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, Piffaro, the Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Philharmonic, the Newberry Consort, Haymarket Opera Company, Music of the Baroque, Third Coast Baroque, Opera Lafayette and Bella Voce.
He can be heard on his CDs: “A Wanderer’s Guitar,” Schubert lieder arranged for guitar and baritone, “Favorites” a CD of his dearest solo repertoire; and “Strung Up,” minimalist music arranged for harp and guitar.
His main instruments:
Classical Guitars: Stephen Kakos 2010 & Guitars by Saers Guitars in China.
Theorbo: Klaus Jacobsen 2000
Baroque Guitar: Julio Castaños Soler 2016
Baroque lute: Le Luth Dore
Renaissance Lute: Le Luth Dore
Turkish Oud: Sala Muzik