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Evan Hirschelman, award-winning guitarist and composer, has gained international acclaim for his unique compositions, virtuosic performances, and dynamic interpretational renditions. He has been heralded for “precise and prodigious technique” by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, “technical wizardry” by Los Angeles Times and “soulful musicality” by Malibu Times. Whether performing original compositions, traditional classical repertoire, or exploring diverse musical forms, Hirschelman seeks to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

As a composer, Hirschelman’s compositions reflect a fusion of musical influences. They range from classical to metal, creating a unique style of hybrid music hailed by critics and audiences alike. In addition to performing his own works, he has been commissioned by renowned musicians and received top accolades for his composing. The Grammy® award-winning recording Guitar Heroes includes Hirschelman’s composition “Lament and Wake”, performed by the preeminent Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Peter B. King, music critic of the Post Gazette, described it as a “poignant, stirring six minutes of music.” He also wrote a Chinese influenced piece for guitarist Xuefei Yang, which received widespread acclaim, and his compositions are included in the new edition of the seminal classical guitar book Pumping Nylon. He has composed numerous solo and ensemble works for guitar, which have been performed throughout the world.

His recording Water in Darkness contains original and contemporary solo guitar works and duets with guitarist Scott Tennant. It was released to rave reviews, being called “complex and breathtaking” by Music Connection, “delightful and virtuosic” by American Record Guide, and a “two-handed symphony” by Minor 7th. He has been featured in guitar’s foremost publications, including Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Premiere Guitar and Guitar Player. Hirschelman worked closely with the renowned boutique guitar company Circa Guitars to create his Signature Model steel-string acoustic guitar. This artistic foray led to one of the first steel-string guitars developed for classical nylon-string players.

Hirschelman is known for his intense and emotionally impactful performances. After giving a recital at the Guitar Foundation of America Festival, Joseph Mayes of Soundboard wrote “When the concert began, I was mesmerized. Not only does Hirschelman have the technique to play anything he wants to, but his compositions are interesting and attractive.” Musical performances have taken him throughout Europe and North America and he has been a top prize winner in multiple guitar competitions, including the renowned Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition.

As an educator, Hirschelman is frequently in demand for masterclasses and workshops. He has served on the faculty at several colleges, including the Musicians Institute (GIT), and currently runs a thriving private teaching studio. Hirschelman is the author of Acoustic Artistry: Tapping, Slapping, and Percussion Techniques for Classical & Fingerstyle Guitar, published by Hal Leonard Corporation. Its international popularity has quickly grown, and as a result it has been translated to multiple languages by De Haske Publications, Europe. In 2016, Hal Leonard will publish his new book Classical Guitar Chops, which analyzes guitar technique throughout the history of classical guitar repertoire.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Evan Hirschelman currently resides in Los Angeles, where he divides his time between composing, performing, and teaching music. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona, where he was awarded a full scholarship and graduated with honors.