Biography

Recognized as one of the most exciting young guitarists of his generation, Alec Holcomb has delighted audiences across the U.S., performed on National Public Radio, and earned the first prize in numerous guitar competitions.  Alec’s virtuosity, attention to musical detail, and mastery at fully capturing the expressive range of the instrument takes the listener on a musical journey through a broad spectrum of the world’s greatest compositions.

In Alec’s family, love for the guitar is a tradition. Both his grandfather and father played varying styles including rock, fingerstyle, and classical.  Their influence led Alec at the age of six to request lessons from his father in classical guitar pedagogy.  Alec’s commitment to guitar excellence was evident from the beginning.  His rapid progress led to being accepted in John Johns’ studio at Vanderbilt University at the age of 11.  Soon thereafter, Alec participated in his first masterclass with Christopher Parkening - a seminal moment.  It was then that Alec committed to pursuing classical guitar professionally.  

At 14, Alec’s musicianship flourished under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Zohn.  In the years that followed, he won several high school division competitions across the U.S., including the Parkening Young Guitarist Competition (2012).  Alec was also featured on NPR’s From the Top (2012), and was selected as a Young Arts Finalist (2013). 

In 2017, Alec graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying with David Starobin and Jason Vieaux.  While at Curtis, Alec has appeared on WHYY in Philadelphia, played an array of concerts, and continued his participation in guitar competitions.  Recent first prize wins include the East Carolina Guitar Competition (2014) and the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition (2015).  Alec received 4th prize at the renowned Parkening International Guitar Competition (2015).  He earned 2nd place at the Columbus State University Guitar Competition (2016).  Alec was a Finalist in the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition (2016).  He won the BorGuitar International Award (1st place) in the BorGuitar Festival Competition in Italy (2016).  Most recently (2017), Alec received 3rd prize in the GFA International Concert Artist Competition.

In the fall of 2017, Alec will begin studying with Judicaël Perroy at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Alec plays guitars built by German luthiers Gernot Wagner and Sebastian Stenzel.  See Links for more information.