Colin Davin, guitar
GGuitarist Colin Davin has emerged as one of today’s most dynamic artists. He has been called “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide) who “has the distinct ability to wring the depths of expressiveness from all that he plays” (Classical Guitar Magazine), and has been praised for his “precision, musical intelligence and passion” (Cleveland Classical). Performance highlights include concertos with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Aiken Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, Lancaster Symphony, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; collaborations with Sharon Isbin at the 92nd Street Y, Chautauqua Institution, and Baltimore Classical Guitar Society; and performances with violinist Tessa Lark and cellist Edward Arron.
In 2015, Colin appeared as a featured musical guest on the final season of The Late Show with David Letterman alongside the late Jessye Norman. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on historic instruments from the museum's collection), the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Paris Conservatoire, the Fridge Fringe in Dubai, and venues throughout the United States and Canada. His collaborations include duos with GRAMMY Award winning soprano Estelí Gomez, and with Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Emily Levin. Deeply involved in the American contemporary music scene, Colin has performed with Talea Ensemble, Nu Deco Ensemble, Present Music, and ensemblenewSRQ, and has been a core member of the New York-based ensemble Contemporaneous since 2011. He has been a regular guest artist at the Aspen Music Festival, and has four times been a guest teacher at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Colin Davin is the Director of Guitar Studio and Associate Professor of Guitar at Shenandoah Conservatory. He previously served as co-head of the guitar department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and on the faculty of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. In demand for his insights in masterclasses and lectures, he has been invited to teach in a guest capacity at institutions including The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Sharon Isbin; a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California with William Kanengiser; and underwent preparatory studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jason Vieaux.
Colin Davin performs on a guitar by Joshia de Jonge with Augustine Strings.