Saturday, March 14, 2020
Sundin Music Hall
1531 Hewitt Avenue
St Paul, MN 55104
Austin Wahl, a native Minnesotan, has won prizes at a dozen competitions in the US and Canada. He has performed in masterclasses for Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, Eliot Fisk, Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela, Roland Dyens, and Raphaella Smits, among others. He began study of the classical guitar at age five with Alan Johnston, a founding member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, and as a young artist was active in the regionally known MacPhail Guitar Quartet with Xavier Jara, Henry Johnston, and Luke Banchy. Subsequently, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees as well as a performer's certificate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he is currently a doctoral student of Dr. Nicholas Goluses.
In addition to his classical guitar playing, Wahl enjoys many other styles of music. He won the 2009 youth division of the Minnesota State Fair Bluegrass Flatpicking competition and has performed in a bluegrass band masterclass for internationally known banjoist Bela Fleck. Wahl is also a member of the Rochester, NY bluegrass band Kubick’s Rubes. At age 14, he built a fully functional electric guitar (dubbed the “Wahl-o-Caster”) with a body of solid purpleheart, which weighed in at nearly fifteen pounds. Since the fall of 2017, Wahl has led the bass section of the Mount Hope World Singers in Rochester.