2021 Adult Guitar Workshop


For Guitarists 30 and up!

Adam Holzman, Director

Dates and Deadlines

Updated Program Dates: June 14 - 19, 2021

Enrollment deadline: Accepting applications until the program is fully enrolled - register now or contact admissions@brevardmusic.org with any questions!

Note: COVID-19 vaccines are required for all on-campus students, faculty, and staff for the 2021 season. See more information on our COVID-19 resources page.


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

Attendees should arrive on Sunday, June 13. There will be an evening meeting and meal, and the first class is Monday morning, June 14 at 9:00am. Departure is Saturday, June 19. The nearest airport to Brevard is the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), or participants can drive to the Music Center.


Faculty

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.


Andrew Zohn
American guitarist Andrew Zohn is recognized internationally for his work as a performer, instructor, and composer. He has performed concerts on five continents as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition to extensive touring throughout the United States, recent performances include venues in China, Argentina, Italy, Egypt, Malaysia, Germany, and the Netherlands. A recent critic has said, "Zohn...easily demonstrated how he is one of the most sought after performers on the classical guitar as his fingers deftly plucked some of the most subtle of tones on the instrument."

Since 1999, Dr. Zohn has served on the faculty of the Schwob School of Music (Columbus State University) in Georgia, where he directs the annual CSU Guitar Symposium. He has performed and taught at many of the world's most prestigious music festivals including the Festival of New Music (Central Conservatory of Music, China) the Guitar on the Mediterranean Guitar Festival (Italy), Sevilla Guitar Festival (Spain), Guitar Festival Changsha and Shenyang Festival (China), the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium (Germany), Borguitar Festival (Italy), the Guitar Foundation of America (USA), Festivale Emilia Romagna and Musica Ravenna (Italy), and GuitareMontreal (Canada). Students of Andrew Zohn have won prizes in dozens of international competitions including, among others, The Parkening International, The Guitar Foundation of America, The World Guitar Competition (Serbia), and The Asia International (Bangkok). Many of his students have been also been featured on the American National Public Radio program highlighting outstanding young musical talent From the Top.

Original compositions and transcriptions by Andrew Zohn are published through Les Productions d'Oz, Canada, Tuscany publications (Theodore Presser), and FJH Publications. His recordings for Clear Note and Centaur Records have received wide acclaim from American Record Guide, Classical Guitar Magazine, GuitArt Magazine, Soundboard, Guitarra Magazine, and Rosewood Review.


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.


Typical Daily Schedule

7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Practice time

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Small group private lessons (Monday / Wednesday / Friday)
Techniques and seminar classes (Tuesday / Thursday)

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Individual practice time

2:30 - 5:00 p.m. Masterclasses (solo and ensemble literature)

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner

Evenings
Activities, ensemble rehearsals, or social gatherings


Fees and Payment Schedule

This year's program runs from June 14 - 19, 2021. The cost for the Adult Classical Guitar Workshop @ Brevard is $1650 per person. This includes tuition, 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. 


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.*

* For refund policies specifically related to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, please visit our FAQ page.


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