Adult Guitar Workshop


For Guitarists 30 and up

Adam Holzman, Director

Dates and Deadlines

Program Dates: June 12 - 18, 2022
Ages: 30+
Tuition: $1650, includes all instruction, on-campus housing, and meals
Registration fee: Applications are closed for Summer 2022

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for all participants, program observers, faculty, and summer staff for the 2022 season. Brevard Music Center follows FDA and CDC guidelines for what is considered fully vaccinated, which in the future may include booster shots. Additional safety measures and precautions may be implemented as needed. 


The Program

Come to Brevard to be a classical guitarist for the week! Under the direction of Professor Adam Holzman, Brevard's Adult Classical Guitar Workshop is a comprehensive 5-day course of study offering private lessons, masterclasses, and ensemble playing for guitarists age 30 and up. Instruction will be geared to the level and specificity of the participant.

Areas of focus and program features will include:

  • Interpretation
  • Technique
  • Guitar ensemble
  • Sound production
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Faculty / Guest Artist Recitals
  • Final culminating class recital

Arrival information

Attendees should arrive on Sunday, June 12, 2022 between 10:00am-4:00pm. There will be an evening meeting and meal, and the first class is Monday morning. Departure is by noon on Saturday, June 18.

The nearest airport to Brevard is the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), or participants can drive to the Music Center.


2022 Faculty

Adam Holzman, Director

Martha Masters

Apostolos Paraskevas

René Izquierdo


Daily Schedule

7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Technique class

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Small group private lessons (Monday-Friday)

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Individual practice time

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Masterclasses (solo and ensemble literature)

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner

Evenings Activities, ensemble rehearsals, or social gatherings
               Thursday Evening – Faculty Concert
               Friday Evening- Student Final Concert


Fees and Payment Schedule

The cost for the Adult Classical Guitar Workshop @ Brevard is $1650 per person. This includes tuition, on-campus housing, meals, and all instructional activities. Each participant is responsible for travel to and from Brevard.

A non-refundable registration deposit of $500 will be charged at the time of your online registration. This amount is not an additional fee, as it holds your spot and applies toward the total cost of the workshop. All tuition is due by May 1.

Refunds

All payments, except the $500 registration deposit, will be fully refunded if the Center receives notice of cancellation before May 1.

No reduction in fees can be made for late arrival or early departure. No refunds will be made after May 1.

Payment

Payment can be made online or you can mail a check to the address below. If you mail a check, please make the check out to "Brevard Music Center." Be sure to write "Guitar Workshop" and the full name of the participant in the memo field.

Mail check to:
Brevard Music Center
ATTN: Guitar Workshop
P.O. Box 312
Brevard, NC 28712

Please contact admissions@brevardmusic.org if you have any questions- we hope you are able to join us in June!


Faculty Bios

Adam Holzman, Director

Adam Holzman, international performing and recording artist, is hailed as "...polished and quite dazzling," by The New York Times, "...brilliant!," by De Gelderlander, Holland, and "...masterful!," by The Toronto Star. Five times he has been a winner in major international competitions.

Mr. Holzman has performed at the prestigious Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, distinguished New York venues such as Kaufman Hall at the 92nd St. Y, Merkin Hall, and Carnegie Recital Hall, as well as in music festivals and series from Miami to San Francisco, Boston to New Orleans. His extensive international performances have taken him throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central and Latin America.

Mr. Holzman's commitment to new music has led him to co-commission Samuel Adler's first Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. He has also premiered works by composers Robert Helps, Roland Dyens, and Stephen Funk Pearson among others.

Adam Holzman is founder of the Guitar Department at the University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music where, in addition to his active performing career, he heads a thriving guitar studio. His students have won an array of international prizes. From 1992-1994 Mr. Holzman held the title of "Maestro Extraordinario" given by the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, where he served as artist-in-residence. He was awarded the Ernst von Dohnanyi Prize for Outstanding Achievement from Florida State University and has been named The Parker C. Fielder Regents Fellow in Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Holzman has been featured on the covers of both Classical Guitar Magazine and Guitart Magazine.

Mr. Holzman's performance studies were with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University, Albert Valdes Blain, Eliot Fisk and Oscar Ghiglia. He was chosen twice to perform in the historic Master classes of the legendary Andres Segovia.

Adam Holzman performs on D'addario strings and resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Carolyn and their son Benjamin. 


Martha Masters

Martha Masters first achieved international recognition in 2000 when she won first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition. That same year she also won the Andres Segovia International Competition in Linares, Spain, and was named a finalist in the Alexandre Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities in Lodz, Poland.

Since then, Ms. Masters has been active as a solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist around the world. Recent seasons included appearances at festivals and on concert series through the United States, Europe, Russia, China and Australia. 

Masters received both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Manuel Barrueco, and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California as a student of Scott Tennant.

Ms. Masters is currently on the guitar faculty of Loyola Marymount University and California State University Fullerton, and is President of the Guitar Foundation of America. She has released seven recordings (Naxos, GSP and independent releases), and has published three books with Mel Bay Publications and Alfred Music.  

For more information, visit www.marthamasters.com.


Apostolos Paraskevas

Apostolos Paraskevas is a classical guitarist and composer as well as an award-winning film director and producer. He has received multiple international awards for his compositions and was nominated for a Grammy Award. He is the only guitarist ever to have a major orchestral piece performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Lukas Foss––and the only musician who has performed there in a Grim Reaper outfit. He has made over a dozen recordings of his music and his orchestral music has been performed around the world by numerous symphony orchestras including Albany, Boston Landmarks, Boston University, Newton, National Festival, Atlantic, Odessa, National Greek, Cyprus, Florida International University, Thessaloniki Municipal Symphony orchestras. He was the founder and served for 16 years as the artistic director of the International Guitar Congress-Festival of Corfu, Greece.  He is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys).

After his undergraduate music studies in Volos he pursued advanced studies in classical guitar with Costas Cotsiolis (diploma, 1990) and Leo Brouwer (Havana 1984, 1988), as well as postgraduate studies in composition with Lukas Foss and Theodore Antoniou (DMA in composition, Boston University, 1998). Paraskevas embarked on a successful career as a guitar soloist and contemporary composer, achieving distinctions in both disciplines: Grammy nomination for Chase Dance (Bridge Records, 1999); first prize for Night Wanderings (Lukas Foss Composition Competition, 2000); first prize for Phygein Adynaton (National Composers Conference, 1997); and numerous prestigious commissions, performances, and publications. Following teaching posts at Northeastern and Boston Universities, Paraskevas has taught since 2001 at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (professor of composition and classical guitar). Although he was struck by focal hand dystonia in 2009, he recovered in 2013 after reconstructing his playing technique.

His eclectic compositional style arises as an idiosyncratic integration of seemingly conflicting influences – from avant-garde approaches to harmonic structure, form, and timbre, to pop-folk modal and rhythmical concepts – amalgamated into a personal evocative musical language, characterized by rhythmic verve, melodic grace, dramatic (and sometimes unexpectedly humorous) gestures, and ritualistic or theatrical elements. The latter feature has also led Paraskevas to the creation of films, notably the acclaimed I Finally Did It (Gold award, California Film Awards 2010), dealing wittily with Death, a recurring extra-musical theme in his music.


René Izquierdo

Cuban-born René Izquierdo is a unique artist and passionate educator whose career has been dedicated to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. Whether passionately performing on stage, devotedly mentoring his students, fundraising, or leading community outreach, René’s multi-faceted approach endeavors to continue creating experiences that enrich people’s lives and add beauty to our world.

Through his “unforgettable versatility, sensitivity and sublime musicianship” (Classical Guitar Magazine), René has firmly established himself as one of the world’s classical guitar virtuosos. He is celebrated for his ability to weave an unparalleled technical command of his instrument with his gift of storytelling, accomplishing an intimate musical experience with his audience. 

With over seventy engagements per year, whether as a solo performer, chamber musician, or as a guest soloist with orchestras, he has performed to critical acclaim touring extensively throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He is frequently invited by renowned festivals and institutions, having played at stages such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Manaus Opera House in Brazil, and National Recital Hall in Taiwan. 

Self-described as a lifelong learner and explorer, his recording projects reflect his wide-ranging interests. Through his discography, René seeks to expand the guitar repertoire frequently performing new arrangements, lesser-known music of the 20th century as well as world premieres of concertos and new compositions.

As an educator, René is passionate about engaging the mind and the heart. Through his teachings all around the world, he shares his belief that the greatest musicians not only have the technical mastery to communicate effectively but also are deeply curious, and equally adept at analytical and emotional modes of thought.