A dedicated musical collaborator and insightful soloist, Jamie Balmer has toured extensively with fellow guitarist Joe Ricker as half of the visionary guitar ensemble Duo Orfeo. With Orfeo, Jamie has also recorded several critically acclaimed albums. Notable among these are 2012’s I sing the body electric, praised by one reviewer as “a milestone record” and featuring world-premiere arrangements of music by Cage, Satie, Silvestrov, Mompou, and Arvo Pärt - with the latter composer collaborating in the arrangement of his Spiegel im Spiegel for two electric guitars. Jamie has premiered new works for guitar duo by Joel Roston and Thomas Schuttenhelm, and he teamed up with kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson on the multimedia performance installation Machines. Jamie has also performed with clarinetist Ismail Akmuradov, archguitarist Peter Blanchette, and dancer/choreographer Ilya Vidrin. These wide-ranging collaborative experiences have provided an important creative complement to Jamie’s work as a guitar soloist.
A graduate of Hampshire College, where he received the Alan Garely scholarship, Jamie's studies with Phillip de Fremery - a student of Andrés Segovia and devoted curator of his legacy - remain a wellspring of inspiration for his work as a musician. That work incorporates teaching as a corollary to performance, and Jamie has given music workshops and masterclasses at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, Endicott College, Stratford Academy, Shippensburg University, and the Annapolis Key School. He maintains a large teaching studio in greater Boston and is on the music faculty of the Solomon Schechter School of Boston.