"I was a student of Rick's for a number of years, until I went away to college, and I looked forward to every class. Rick excels at teaching his students what they need to learn in a manner that makes them want to learn it. From helping pick out a new guitar to showing me my favorite songs, Rick was there every step of the way, not only teaching my how to play, but helping to form my idenitity as a musician."—Julia B.
"My kids, aged 13 and 10, have been learning piano with Ms. Christine for the past 8 years. She is always positive, has great patience, and encourages the kids to improve constantly. I am very impressed with her way of teaching. My kids have developed a lasting interest in piano, and their musical sense has blossomed over the years due to Ms. Christine."—Padma K.
"Rick is the best teacher I have ever had. He explains the complexities of music in a way that they make sense, and are exciting to learn. He is a caring, and supportive person and he has changed the way that I see music."—Rob A.
"If Pat Metheny and Larry Carlton are considered the kings of impressionistic jazz guitar, then certainly Hristo Vitchev is a crown prince and ready to lead a palace coup. In fact, “Familiar Fields” easily stands equal to even their greatest albums. Part of the reason for that has to be credited to Hristo’s choice of musicians in the quartet. The musical affinity and effortless grace shines forth on this album like few recordings I have ever heard. They share a single heart and mind that bursts forth in illumination on every track. There is no weak moment or weak player on this album."—Travis Rogers (JAZZTIMES)
"Rick showed me the depth of music, and taught me how to pursue it for myself. He's a friend and mentor."—Patrick D.
"Few guitarists have carried the torch of Pat Metheny so humbly as Hristo Vitchev, and never with such brightness of purpose as on his latest quartet album, In Search Of Wonders. The Bay Area-based musician and producer has since 2009 put out a consistent, top-flight catalog of records, ranging from explorations of his Bulgarian roots to straight-ahead jazz road trips, but always by original design. With Wonders, he has at last tackled that most risky of studio ventures: the double album. The result is not only a magnum opus, but his most emotional work so far."—ECM REVIEWS
"Vitchev has become one of the truly great contemporary jazz guitarists. There is such rare elegance and subtlety in his playing. He has established a graceful, exquisite style that’s essentially unique. And this album is, indeed, filled with wonders."—Paul Freeman (PopCultureClassics)
"Rick Silvestri is the most inspiring teacher I have ever had. He doesn't just play musical instruments, he knows all about music and what lies beneath music. I personally never liked being taught anything, but I look forward to learning new stuff every week from Rick. He has taught me everything that I know about music and has inspired me to move forward in the music industry when I reach college and the years after that. I highly recommend Rick for people looking to learn music from the best."—Ryan M.