"Connie Sheu and Adam Pettit think and play with a singular mind. Their combined mastery of the guitar and profound musicality make the Sheu Pettit Duo a dynamic musical force which needs to be heard."
- Scott Tennant, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Guitarists Connie Sheu and Adam Pettit have engaged audiences across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe as soloists and chamber musicians. As the Sheu Pettit Duo, they perform music representing the most inventive compositional talent for guitar duo. Adam and Connie first met as students in the Pepe Romero master classes held at the University of Southern California in 2003. Both are committed to cultivating the growth of classical guitar in Southern California through concertizing, recording, and teaching. They are on faculty at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Connie Sheu is a dynamic guitarist, devoted teacher, and ardent advocate of classical guitar. In demand as both a soloist and chamber musician, her playing has been hailed by the New York Sun as “excellent, ruminative... scholarly." According to Classical Guitar Magazine, “Her debut recording displays, without a doubt, her talents as a concert artist.”
Past performances have brought her to Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, 92nd St Y, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; venues in Moldova, Italy, Hungary; and across the United States. She is a frequent performer on various concert series and music festivals, and has most recently appeared at the Women in Guitar Festival, New York Guitar Festival, and Guitar Foundation of America International Convention.
Connie studied U.S. History and Music at Columbia University, and earned a Master of Music from the Juilliard School. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California under William Kanengiser. She also studied under scholarship at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana with Oscar Ghiglia in Siena, Italy. Connie serves as General Manager for the Guitar Foundation of America and teaches at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Moreno Valley College.
Dr. Adam Pettit‘s performances have been characterized by the Los Angeles Times as “meditative,” and “brilliantly colored, articulated and focused.” He has played at a number of established venues including the American Guitar Society, KPFK’s Global Village, LACMA’s Sundays Live, and the Los Angeles Bach Festival.
Adam is an experienced chamber musician, most notably with the award-winning Helios Guitar Quartet, with whom he performed at the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America Convention in Columbus, GA. In 2013, the Helios Quartet released their recording of the complete Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1 by J.S. Bach. In addition to his solo appearances, Adam collaborates with a number of ensembles in Southern California. Past appearances include the Santa Barbara Master Chorale, the South Coast Symphony, and the Orange County Guitar Orchestra.
Adam earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore in the studio of Julian Gray. He then continued his studies as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Southern California, where he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of William Kanengiser and James Smith. He serves on the guitar faculty at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Orange Coast College.