International performer, recording artist and teacher Adam Holzman is one of the top artists featured in the upcoming Lone Star Guitar Festival at Weatherford College.
From July 23 through July 26, the theatre in the Alkek Fine Arts Center will host workshops and concerts by renowned classical guitarists from across Texas, the United States, Canada and as far away as Russia.
In addition to instructing a master’s class, Holzman will perform a concert Saturday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alkek Center theatre.
Holzman is a five time winner in major international competitions including First Prize at the 1983 Guitar Foundation of America Competition held in Quebec, Canada. When not competing, he frequently makes appearances at music festivals across the globe, and Weatherford College is proud to feature him as part of the Lone Star Guitar Festival.
Festival organizer and WC guitar instructor Will Douglas and Holzman have known each other for several years which made connecting Holzman to the festival a must.
“Will has been both a private student of mine and I have worked with him in masterclasses in Canada and Germany,” Holzman said. “He is a wonderful advocate for our instrument, and I would always want to support what he is trying to do artistically.”
Holzman is the founder of the Guitar Department at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music and is considered one of America’s leading guitar pedagogues. He heads the guitar studio and his students have won an astounding array of international prizes.
“I chose Adam Holzman to be our featured artist because what he means to the guitar world embodies what it means to be a Texan,” Douglas said. “Not only does his being the Chair of the guitar department at the University of Texas in our state's capitol make him a symbol of Texas to the global music community but also the combination of his virtuosic and charismatic playing style with a no-nonsense approach to teaching. These characteristics make him a unique and worthy ambassador for the famously friendly and hard-working citizens of the State of Texas and the perfect featured artist at a guitar festival carrying the Lone Star name.”
Holzman hopes to share his love of guitar with new and experienced musicians during the Lone Star Guitar Festival at WC and for the audience to walk away with from his concert listening to music just a bit differently after watching a live performance.
“It is always great to make new friends and renew old friendships,” Holzman said about participating in various festivals. “Often I get to interact with students of all ages and hopefully make a difference in their appreciation of the Classical Guitar.”
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Born in New York City in 1960, Holzman first picked up the guitar at age 7 under the instruction of his brother, Bruce.
“The sound of his playing always brought safety and solace to me as a youngster,” he said. “However, it was my parents who put the instrument in my hands, attended every lesson and supported my learning in every manner.”
The thought of learning a different instrument never crossed his mind, and turning his talent into a career was a combination of hard work and luck, he said.
He continued to privately study the guitar under the tutelage of Albert Valdes Blain and Eliot Fisk before returning to work with his older brother at Florida State University where Holzman completed his musical degrees.
Holzman also studied in the master classes of Oscar Ghiglia in Siena, Italy at the Academia Musicale de Chigiana and at the Aspen Music Festival. He was twice chosen to perform in the historic master classes of the legendary Andres Segovia. He considers his first performance for Segovia in 1981 to be the most memorable event of his musical career.
Other accolades earned by Holzman include the title of “Maestro Extraordinario” given by the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, where he served as artist-in-residence; the Ernst von Dohnanyi Prize for Outstanding Achievement from Florida State University; and being named The Parker C. Fielder Regents Fellow in Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Holzman has also been featured on the covers of both Classical Guitar Magazine and Guitar Magazine.
Among his many rave reviews, Soundboard Magazine wrote, “Adam Holzman is a player whose hallmarks are precision and elegance . . . Holzman plays with sensitivity, restraint, and a consistently full sound that is always rich. A superb performance!”
And Classics Today proclaimed, “American guitarist Adam Holzman seems to know this music from the inside out, and proves to be a virtuoso of the first order who has a good feeling for the lyric line as well as the pungent rhythms written into these compositions. The sound is as natural as can be, allowing every nuance of Holzman’s remarkable performances to be clearly heard.”
Find out more information, including artist lineup, schedule and pricing, for the Lone Star Guitar Festival online at www.lonestarguitarfest.com or at www.facebook.com/LoneStarGuitarFest.
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