MASTER TEACHER • PERFORMER • RECORDING ARTIST
Adam Holzman, founder of the University of Texas Guitar Program, The Brevard Summer
Festival Institute Guitar Program, the Brevard Adult Guitar Workshop and the Austin Guitar
Society is one of America’s leading teachers, performers and classical recording artists. For
over 30 years he has been at the forefront of a generation of classical guitarists. The University
of Texas Guitar program founded in 1989 offers Bachelors, Masters and DMA Degrees in
Performance as well as the Artist Diploma. One of the leading programs of its kind, Professor
Holzman’s students have won a staggering number of international prizes including ten
Guitar Foundation of America Prizewinners and 8 recordings for the Naxos label. Professor
Holzman’s students hold teaching and organizational positions around the world. The Brevard
Summer Festival Institute Guitar Program was founded by Adam Holzman in 2017. The Brevard
Music Festival founded over 80 years ago has now added a six week classical guitar program
headed by Professor Holzman to its summer offerings. The program is for serious students
of the classical guitar ages 14-29. Students can attend either of two three week sessions or the
entire six week long program. The Brevard Adult Guitar Workshop is a one week seminar
held the first week in June for Adult Guitar hobbyists and professionals 30 years of age and up.
“…he [Holzman] displayed a command of his instrument that can only be described as masterful! …Everything he touched came across with his bright vivid tone, controlled warmth, and easy grace in performance” – The Toronto Star
“…polished and quite dazzling.” – The New York Times
“…brilliant!” – De Gelderlander, Holland
Mr. Holzman’s recordings for the Naxos label have been critically acclaimed. The first two are discs of the music of Fernando Sor and have been called “…irresistible” by Gramophone Magazine. Discs three and four contain the music of Manuel Ponce. Of the Sonata for Guitar and Harpsichord on Ponce Volume II Classical Guitar Magazine (England) says “It’s a fine and substantial work and here it receives the finest recording yet…” Of his Naxos release, The Venezuelan Waltzes of Antonio Lauro, the American Record Guide had this to say: “The landmark recording was David Russell’s 1980 LP. Now, 20 years later, comes another masterly recording by Adam Holzman: in many ways it raises the benchmark still further.” His Naxos release Bardenklange, Opus 13, of Johann Kaspar Mertz is considered a seminal recording and has been praised by critics around the world. His recording debut, on HRH Records, was a collection of rarely or never before recorded selections. According to The American Record Guide this performance is “…so flawless he makes it all sound easy.” His recordings are all featured on the Adam Holzman channel on Pandora.
Adam Holzman has been a D’Addario artist since 1983.
Past honors and awards include: 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 is The Parker C. Fielder Regents Professor in Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Holzman’s performance studies were with Bruce Holzman, Albert Valdes Blain, Eliot Fisk and Oscar Ghiglia. He was chosen twice chosen to perform in the historic Master classes of the legendary Andres Segovia.