A native of St. Louis, Mr. Niedt began his study of the guitar at the age of seven with his father, an amateur guitarist. He later polished his playing to gem-like brilliance through studies at the Juilliard School and the Segovia Master Classes in Spain, and with Christopher Parkening, Narciso Yepes, and Jorge Morel.
He made his New York debut at the age of twenty-one in Carnegie Recital Hall. Since then he has appeared before enthusiastic audiences across the country, prompting one critic to write, "Mr. Niedt is not only a brilliant master of his instrument, but a performer of great sensitivity. The wealth of sound and the dynamic finesse which he elicits from the guitar promise to make him a worthy companion of the few great guitarists such as Andres Segovia and Julian Bream."
His fabulous recent CD, Pure Magic, received a rave review in England's Classical Guitar Magazine and led to his appearance on the cover of Fingerstyle Guitar magazine last year. His new Christmas CD is titled In Heavenly Peace. It will be released this fall. His performance video, Douglas Niedt-American Virtuoso, has been released by Bransong Music and is available (as are his published arrangements and his CDs) on Douglas' official website, www.DouglasNiedt.com.
Recognized for his excellence in teaching, he is head of the guitar program of the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri at Kansas City. Douglas and his
wife Catherine are also enthusiastic gardeners and Douglas teaches summer master classes at their lovely Kansas City, MO hilltop estate.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Silent Night
2. Joy To The World
3. Away In A Manger
4. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
5. In The Bleak Midwinter--I
6. Sleigh Ride
7. El Noi De La Mare
8. Our Great Savior
9. Gabriel's Message
10. O Little Town of Bethlehem
11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
12. See Amid The Winter's Snow
13. Greensleeves (What Child Is This?)
14. In The Bleak Midwinter--II