Classical guitarist Michael Patilla has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Central America and has been warmly received by audiences and critics. Some of the accolades include, "American guitarist Michael Patilla delighted the audience with his excellent performance." (Roque Galo, El Pais), "...dexterous fingers...brilliant technique..." (Michael Huebner, The Birmingham News), and "Not only Patilla's fine musical sense, but the variety of the program, made for an unfailingly enchanting concert." (Karl Henning, Berkshires Arts and Entertainment). In addition to numerous solo recitals, he has performed as concerto soloist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Chamber Orchestra, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Honduras, the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra, and the Starkville Symphony Orchestra. He has also been featured at festivals such as Piccolo Spoleto, City Stages, the Tennessee Guitar Festival, the Volos Winter Guitar Festival (Greece) and Crescendo (Hungary).
As a U.S. Fulbright scholar, he was a guest lecturer at the NationalAutonomous University of Honduras. He is currently an Associate Professor of Guitar at Mississippi State University and directs the guitar program for the Masterworks Festival, held each summer in Winona Lake, Indiana.
Michael Patilla completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Eastman School of Music and has studied with such teachers as Manuel Barrueco, Julian Gray, Nicholas Goluses, Bruce Holzman, Paul O'Dette, and Raphaella Smits. Septiembre, his debut CD of music by South American composers was released in 2005.