Troy Gifford is a composer and guitarist who writes in a style that is modern yet accessible. His influences are many and diverse, including jazz, classical, pop and rock styles. He has written for many combinations of instruments, including orchestral and choral works, but his main compositional interest lies with the guitar.
His music has been performed throughout North America, in Europe and Asia, and he has won a number of awards, including the 1999 Guitar Foundation of America Composition Competition for his piece "Fantasia (on a theme of Ravel)" and recently a composition competition sponsored by Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. He recently completed his first solo recording, "Delineations", which contains performances of his original music for the solo guitar. He is also an arranger; his arrangement of "Eleanor Rigby" for multiple guitars is featured on Eric Hansen's album "Across the Universe: A Beatle's Journey." Troy's formal training includes degrees in guitar performance and composition from Florida Atlantic University and a doctorate in composition from the University of Miami. He currently lives in Orlando, FL, where he directs the music program at Valencia Community College. He has also taught at Florida Atlantic University, the University of Miami, and Palm Beach Community College.