David Norton


Community Concert Series

November 2, 2019


Sweet Library - 455 N. F Street,

(Corner of 9th Ave), Salt Lake City

David Norton was born in Los Angeles, and his early studies on the classical guitar were with Thomas Runyan. His formal instruction was completed at California State University at Northridge under the combined direction of Ronald Purcell (early music & Segovian repertoire) and Richard Stover (Latin American styles and the legacy of Agustin Barrios). 

Along the way, Mr. Norton has performed in master-classes taught by many of the world's leading classical guitarists and lutenists. He has had pieces written for him by Stepan Rak (Twilight, 1990), James Whitaker (Benedictus, 1994), Angelo Gilardino (A Quiet Song, 2005; Endless Skies, 2017), Yves Carlin (Ne Pale, 2013), and Jean-Marie Raymond (Snow Sonata, 2016). 

In addition to performing, he has long shown an interest in the history of the classical guitar and in researching forgotten and neglected pieces of guitar music; these musicological efforts have been favorably recognized by several international authorities. In early 2002, Mr. Norton was asked to lead a project involving cataloging a newly-found collection of over 125 manuscripts written by or for Andrés Segovia, which included the hitherto- unknown original masters for several major concert works written in the mid 20th century. Four of these original works were recorded by Scott Tennant on his 2018 CD, The Segovia Sessions. 

An active member of the acoustic music community, Mr. Norton has served on the Boards of Directors for the American Guitar Society, the Guitar Foundation of America, the Utah Classical Guitar Society, and the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association. He was Director of the GFA 1990 International Festival in Pasadena, CA. From 1988 to 2013, David was a music reviewer for GFA’s Soundboard magazine. 

Most recently, Mr. Norton presented a lecture recital titled "John W. Duarte - Centenary Year Celebration,” at Utah Classical Guitar’s Third Annual Guitar Festival in Salt Lake City.