Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 pm (masterclass Saturday, March 23 at 1:30 pm)
“His powerful technique, absolute security and strong musical personality were very impressive, and hold the promise of a great musical future for him.””
“Alec is a wonderful, rising star in the classical world. He exhibits fine musicianship and connects very well with audiences. I’m looking forward to watching his career flourish”
“Alec has the right blend of virtuosity, spirit and whimsy. Alec doesn’t so much perform a piece as breathe life into the music.”
“…on the verge of becoming one of the great guitarists of his generation.”
Our very first concert at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in October of 2016 was an amazing success, in no small part due to the enormous talent of our featured artist, Alec Holcomb. His assured and virtuosic playing easily won us over, and his recent arrangements of a number of pieces by Isaac Albéniz captured our hearts. We were so blown away that we couldn’t wait any longer to have him back.
Since performing for us in 2016, Alec has completed his undergraduate degree at Curtis Institute of Music, and begun his masters studies at San Francisco Conservatory with Judicaël Perroy (teacher of GFA winner’s Thibaut Garcia and Xaviar Jara). We can’t wait to see what he’s learned in the past 2 years.
Works by Albeniz, Jose, Assad, and Cassado.
Guest Opening Artist: Darla Rublesky
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3/23/19: Alec Holcomb will be teaching a masterclass in the afternoon, March 23 at 1:30 pm in the West Room of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Mr. Holcomb has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Alec and have him critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.
Recognized as one of the most exciting young guitarists of his generation, Alec Holcomb has delighted audiences across the U.S., performed on National Public Radio, and earned the first prize in numerous guitar competitions. Alec’s virtuosity, attention to musical detail, and mastery at fully capturing the expressive range of the instrument takes the listener on a musical journey through a broad spectrum of the world’s greatest compositions.
In Alec’s family, love for the guitar is a tradition. Both his grandfather and father played varying styles including rock, fingerstyle, and classical. Their influence led Alec at the age of six to request lessons from his father in classical guitar pedagogy. Alec’s commitment to guitar excellence was evident from the beginning. His rapid progress led to being accepted in John Johns’ studio at Vanderbilt University at the age of 11. Soon thereafter, Alec participated in his first masterclass with Christopher Parkening – a seminal moment. It was then that Alec committed to pursuing classical guitar professionally.
At 14, Alec’s musicianship flourished under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Zohn. In the years that followed, he won several high school division competitions across the U.S., including the Parkening Young Guitarist Competition (2012). Alec was also featured on NPR’s From the Top (2012), and was selected as a Young Arts Finalist (2013).
In 2017, Alec graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying with David Starobin and Jason Vieaux. While at Curtis, Alec has appeared on WHYY in Philadelphia, played an array of concerts, and continued his participation in guitar competitions. Recent first prize wins include the East Carolina Guitar Competition (2014) and the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition (2015). Alec received 4th prize at the renowned Parkening International Guitar Competition (2015). He earned 2nd place at the Columbus State University Guitar Competition (2016). Alec was a Finalist in the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition (2016). He won the BorGuitar International Award (1st place) in the BorGuitar Festival Competition in Italy (2016). Most recently (2017), Alec received 3rd prize in the GFA International Concert Artist Competition.
In the fall of 2017, Alec will begin studying with Judicaël Perroy at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.