Evan Hirschelman, award-winning guitarist and composer, has gained international acclaim for his unique compositions, virtuosic performances, and dynamic interpretational renditions. He has been heralded for "precise and prodigious technique" by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, "technical wizardry" by Los Angeles Times and "soulful musicality" by Malibu Times. The Grammy® award-winning recording Guitar Heroes includes his composition "Lament and Wake", performed by the preeminent Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Peter B. King, music critic of the Post Gazette, described it as a "poignant, stirring six minutes of music." He also wrote a Chinese influenced piece for guitarist Xuefei Yang, which received widespread acclaim, and his compositions are included in the new edition of the seminal classical guitar book Pumping Nylon. Hirschelman has composed numerous solo and ensemble works for guitar, which have been performed throughout the world.
His recording Water in Darkness contains original and contemporary solo guitar works and duets with guitarist Scott Tennant. It was released to rave reviews, being called "complex and breathtaking" by Music Connection, "delightful and virtuosic" by American Record Guide, and a "two-handed symphony" by Minor 7th. Hirschelman was a top prize winner in the Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition and he has been featured in guitar's foremost publications, including Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Premiere Guitar and Guitar Player. Hirschelman worked closely with the renowned boutique guitar company Circa Guitars to create his Signature Model steel-string acoustic guitar. This artistic foray led to one of the first steel-string guitars developed for classical nylon-string players.
Hirschelman is the author of Acoustic Artistry: Tapping, Slapping, and Percussion Techniques for Classical & Fingerstyle Guitar, published by Hal Leonard Corporation. Its international popularity has quickly grown, and as a result it has been translated to multiple languages by De Haske Publications, Europe. In 2016, Hal Leonard will publish his new book Classical Guitar Chops, which analyzes guitar technique throughout the history of classical guitar repertoire. As an educator, Hirschelman has trained scores of guitarists and is frequently in demand for masterclasses and workshops. He has served on the faculty at numerous colleges, including the Musicians Institute (GIT), and runs a thriving private teaching studio. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona, where he was awarded a full scholarship and graduated with honors.
Evan Hirschelman resides on the web at www.theguitarist.net