Hailed as “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide) and for his “precision, musical intelligence and passion” (Cleveland Classical), guitarist Colin Davin has emerged as one of today’s most dynamic young artists. Highlights of the 2016-17 season include concertos with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, and Orchard Park Symphony; collaborations with Sharon Isbin at the Aspen Music Festival and the Cavani Quartet at the Cleveland Institute of Music; and a debut solo recital in Dubai.
Davin appeared as a featured musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman alongside soprano Jessye Norman. He has performed at venues across the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on historic instruments from the museum's collection), New York Philharmonic Ensembles, the ELLNORA Festival at the University of Illinois, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, the Paris Conservatoire, and venues throughout the United States. His collaborators include GRAMMY Award winning sopranos Estelí Gomez and Dawn Upshaw, Dallas Symphony principal harpist Emily Levin, conductor and pianist Philippe Entremont, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw. From 2012-2015, he taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival as the teaching assistant to Sharon Isbin, and has four times been invited as a guest teacher at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Davin’s debut solo recording, “The Infinite Fabric of Dreams” has been praised as “some of the finest interpretations I’ve heard...achingly beautiful...a thoughtful, perceptive interpretation, filled with details often missed” (American Record Guide) and "a first-rate disc...Davin knows the pieces deeply and delivers virtuosic and exciting performances...state of the art" (Soundboard Magazine). As a catalyst for the creation and performance of contemporary music, he has performed with Contemporaneous, Axiom, New Juilliard Ensemble, and Mimesis Ensemble.
Colin Davin 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 preparatory studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jason Vieaux. He holds numerous top prizes in international competitions, including the Guitar Foundation of American International Solo Competition. He currently serves on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music.
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