Dr. Stig Mathisen is a guitarist and educator from Northern Norway, currently residing in Los Angeles. A passionate explorer and a relentless seeker of all knowledge pertaining to guitar, improvisation, composition, music history and music philosophy, he has been on a quest since his formative years to discover the inner mechanics and the deeper secrets of music. Stig has a Masters and a Doctoral degree in guitar performance from University of Southern California, where he graduated with numerous awards for outstanding achievements. He studied Classical guitar at Tromso University for over 6 years, and has worked extensively as a freelance guitarist and University lecturer in both Norway and in the US. An eclectic guitarist by nature, Stig is equally comfortable with rock, jazz and classical music, and has rubbed shoulders with numerous world-class musicians over the years, such as Robben Ford, Peter Erskine, Stuart Hamm, Brandon Fields, Jorn Lande, Lamont Dozier and Patrice Rushen. Stig has also worked with the modern rock band Ashdown in the LA area (started out in 2007 as a reunion of the rock band Alcatrazz with the original members Jimmy Waldo, Gary Shea and Jan Uvena - the band of 80's fame that helped launch guitar legends Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai). He has also been a clinic holder at Joe Satriani and Steve Vai's guitar camps in 2015, 2016 and 2017, with participation at more guitar camps coming up in the future.

Stig is currently the Chair of the Guitar Program (GIT) at Musicians Institute, in Hollywood, California, and has written several books currently in use at the school as core curriculum.