Colin Davin

Hailed as “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide), guitarist Colin Davin is quickly emerging as one of today’s most dynamic young artists. He has performed across the United States, including appearances at Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on historic instruments from the museum's collection), New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Hall, and venues in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Austin, and Cleveland. In the summer of 2012, he taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival as the teaching assistant to Sharon Isbin, and in January 2013, he was a guest artist-faculty at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

Highlights of the current season include Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" with the Boca Raton Symphonia under Philippe Entremont; a second teaching residency at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music; recitals and masterclasses in Cleveland, Aspen, and Saint Paul; and a collaborative program with soprano Estelí Gomez, commemorating Benjamin Britten's centennial year with works by Britten, Dowland, and a new commission from 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

Competition accolades include first prizes in the Portland International Guitar Competition, Miami International Guitar Competition, Columbus State University Competition, and Juan Serrano International Competition. Mr. Davin is also a two-time prizewinner in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Solo Competition (2005 and 2006). In both years, he was the youngest finalist, as well as the only American prizewinner.

Currently residing in New York City, Davin is a catalyst for the creation and performance of contemporary music. He has performed dozens of premieres in both solo and ensemble contexts, and has performed with new music ensembles Axiom, New Juilliard Ensemble, and Contemporaneous. In addition, he performed to critical acclaim in a 2012 performance celebrating renowned composer Joan Tower's birthday. He is also the founder of The Millennials, a contemporary chamber music venture which debuted to a standing-room only audience in October 2012 in New York City. 

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Davin holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sharon Isbin. Previous studies include a Bachelor of Music Magna cum Laude from the USC Thornton School of Music with William Kanengiser, and preparatory studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jason Vieaux.

For more information, visit colindavin.com.