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Nicholas Lambson

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Nicholas Lambson is a multi-faceted music professional and educator. His career has included over a decade of teaching experience at the university and conservatory levels, including music technology, guitar, and music history. Additionally, he has worked as an audio engineer and a performer on guitar for nearly two decades.

Mr. Lambson has been an audio engineer in a variety of ways including studio and location recording, live sound reinforcement, and as university recital hall engineer extending to a wide range of musical genres from classical to rock. He was the engineer for a sponsored artist for Kenny Hill Guitars, who is among the greatest luthiers of all time. Early in his career, Mr. Lambson received an invitation to work at a world-class recording studio in Los Angeles, California, which had just finished recordings with Christina Aguiliara and Elton John.

Mr. Lambson is also a musician, focusing on solo guitar playing including multiple genres and time periods. He was solicited by Carnegie Hall to apply for a recital, and he was also invited to join the San Francisco Guitar Quartet - which tours internationally - to join other guitarists who have played at Carnegie. One of the greatest living composers and Grammy-winner, Libby Larsen, commissioned Mr. Lambson to record for her, where he will act as both engineer and performer. He has also given world-premiere performances by prominent composers, has publications pending, performed on a concert series with Grammy-winners, and was subsequently picked up by a record label.

Mr. Lambson has been engaged in research for over a decade pertaining to musician injuries. He has studied a variety of related sources including hundreds of years of guitar methods, anatomy, sports medicine, and a body-awareness method called Alexander Technique. It has been highly successful in rehabilitating students with a variety of injuries and is currently being developed for publication. Mr. Lambson also published an article on a historical guitar composer in the most academic journal in the field, Soundboard Magazine.

Mr. Lambson’s terminal degree is in Guitar Performance from the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory of Music, which is among the very top programs in the world. He studied with the guitarist-composer Dušan Bogdanovic and the chair of the program, David Tanenbaum, who is one of the greatest virtuosos of all time. Upon graduation, Mr. Tanenbaum said that Mr. Lambson is an “artist.” Mr. Lambson had additional studies with Grammy-winning guitarists and nominees, along with winners of the largest guitar competitions.

Mr. Lambson holds two bachelor’s degrees from California State University San Bernardino in Guitar Performance and Music Technology with Honors. The faculty elected him Scholar of the Year, Performer of the Year, and commencement speaker. He was also invited into the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and the Golden Key Academic Honor Society.

Mr. Lambson grew up mainly as an artist. He received awards, internships, and a scholarship offer to the Academy of Art San Francisco but ultimately pursued music and technology. He was identified by a national search by Johns Hopkins University and was asked to take the SATs when he was eight. As a teenager, he had fun upgrading computers and writing computer code. He was also a National Merit Scholar in Physics in high school. In college, he nearly triple-majored in English after a year abroad in the UK. Mr. Lambson’s first instrument was a ukulele when he was five because he was too small for a guitar but got one at age six. After a big gap, he learned rock and blues guitar in high school, mostly by ear. He was fascinated by analog guitar effects and music technology at that time and made his first recordings. Today, he also composes, arranges, plays piano, and makes electronic music. He has been a gamer since the Nintendo era and currently enjoys playing in virtual reality. He also likes cars and has raced at several racetracks.