Currently, Avery is studying at Berklee College of Music with Darol Anger, Greg Liszt, Jason Anick, and others under scholarship. He provides work-for-hire fiddle services, teaches camps, and does remote recordings by request. Avery recently performed for Berklee at the Grey Fox bluegrass festival, and will be at more festivals to come!
Avery Merritt demonstrating NS Design at NAMM '16 with Bathiki Kumalo (Paul Simon)
"I met Avery Merritt last month; he was my primary teacher at The Julian Family Fiddle Camp in Julian, Ca, in San Diego County. This was his first year teaching fiddle at JFFC... Avery has been driven to master his art and learn as much as he can from as many talented teachers as he can find. He is an astounding teacher and he takes you by surprise, because he is so unassuming; turns out, his real demeanor is “quiet but confident”. He is well-spoken and his real teaching talent is his ability to present a concept from several different perspectives, one or several of which will click with the student... I believe Avery is talented enough to jam with just about anybody on the planet."
-Fred Telarico, Founder of The Slipper Rest
Avery Merritt is a Boston based multi-style fiddle player. He has played fiddle since the age of four and plays bluegrass, jazz, and alternative styles. At the age of 8 after his introduction to classical, his interest turned to bluegrass studying with Phil Salazar. In the summers he attended the Mark O' Conner Sting Camps taking master classes with Jeremy Kittel, Matt Glaser, Casy Drissen, Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor, and Mark himself. Later, while studying under Richard Greene, Avery won first place in both advanced fiddle and band categories at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Competition. His interest in Jazz lead him to study with Christian Howes at the Creative Strings Academy where he played with Billy Contreras and many other premier jazz violinists. At The CSSSA program hosted at CalArts, Avery was awarded the Governor's Medallion for Arts, he and was named an official California Arts Scholar. He has participated in numerous programs like CSSSA, the CAP program, Music Center Spotlight, Bill Green Mentorship Program, and many more. He also works with NS Design as a demonstrating artist at various locations such as The NAMM Shows, IBMA, etc.