Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

Music Faculty

Adam LarisonAdam Larison

Music History and Guitar

Email: larison@sxu.edu

Biography

Adam Larison has established a position at the forefront of his generation of American classical guitarists. About his 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, he 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 recent feature performances for the Louisville International Guitar Festival, the Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium, the Troy University Guitar Festival, the Wilmington Guitar Society and the Corsham Arts Festival (U.K.). He has performed North American and world premieres of works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Robert Morris and Sebastian Anthony Birch. 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.

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 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.

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 was the recipient of a full scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. He holds a master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory where he received the Presidential and Vincent Constantino Scholarships and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music.