Adam Larison

About a recent performance, Cleveland Classical wrote, "Larison played a beautifully delineated, soaring melody with lovely variety in dynamics, especially in the final fade to nothingness." As a soloist, Adam Larison has performed in concert halls, on radio and on television across the U.S. and abroad, including in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Tignes Space (Tignes, France), the Cleveland Guitar Society, the New Mexico International Guitar Festival, Guitar Sarasota, the Greater Cincinnati Guitar Society, KUSF (NPR, San Francisco) and KASA Fox (Albuquerque). Along with follow guitarist Andrew Stroud, Larison performs as half of Duo 220 with notable feature performances for the Louisville International Guitar Festival, the Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium, the Troy University Guitar Festival, the Wilmington Guitar Society, the Corsham Arts Festival (U.K.), and the Philadelphia Guitar Society. He has performed North American and world premieres of works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Robert Morris, Sebastian Anthony Birch, and Mark Nowakowski. Larison has been recognized with the First Prize and Audience Prize in the Great Lakes Guitar Competition, Second Prize in the Hamilton International Guitar Competition (Ontario, Canada) and Third Prize in the Boston GuitarFest competition. 

A passionate advocate for innovative, progressive and inclusive music education, Larison has served on the faculties of Kent State University, Ashland University, Edinboro University, Chipola College and the Eastman Community Music School of the Eastman School of Music. From 2015-2018 he was founder and director of the Kent State “Guitar Weekend,” a three-day event funded by grants from Arts Midwest and the Ohio Arts Council which brought internationally renowned concert artists into contact with students in underserved local schools.  Larison has recently served as a guest clinician for the Greater Cincinnati Guitar Society, the Servite Ensemble Festival and the Troy University Guitar Symposium, and as a guest adjudicator for the Texas A&M International Guitar Competition, the Youngstown State Concerto Competition and the Tuesday Musical Scholarship competition at the University of Akron. He lives in Chicago where he teaches at Saint Xavier University, the Lyriq Music School, and the New Music School

 Larison was introduced to the guitar at the Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His formative teachers were Albuquerque-based musical polymath Louis Critchfield and visionary pre-college guitar pedagogues Mickey Jones and John Truitt. Adam completed his undergraduate degree with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University where he received a full scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. He earned a master’s degree under Sergio Assad at the San Francisco Conservatory where he received the Presidential and Vincent Constantino Scholarships, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Performer’s Certificate under Nicholas Goluses and Paul Odette from the Eastman School of Music.

Adam plays a 2012 David Whiteman concert guitar (