Colin McAllister
San Diego, California
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Guitarist Colin McAllister is known for his adventurous repertoire, wide-ranging versatility, and innovative concert programming. His performances have taken him throughout the United States and Mexico. Recent highlights include the Pacific Rim Music Festival in Santa Cruz, the Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, the San Francisco sfSoundSeries, Teatro de la República in Querétaro, México, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival and the “Festival Avant-Garde” in San Diego. In addition, he has presented performances and master classes at CIEM in Mexico City, Stanford University, California Institute of the Arts, University of Maryland, University of Virginia, Biola University, and the Colorado College, where he was a visiting artist-in-residence. He is a founding member of the NOISE ensemble and the Executive Director of San Diego New Music. With flutist Cathy Blickenstaff, he directs the synergy@home concert series in La Jolla, California

His two recent books, The Vanguard Guitar: Etudes and Exercises for the Study of Contemporary Music and Fourteenth Century Counterpoint: Music of the Chantilly Codex are published by Les Productions d’Oz (Saint-Romuald, Québec). His acclaimed recording Solos and Duos for Guitar (with guitarist Derek Keller) includes music by Steve Reich, Franco Donatoni, Tristan Murail, and Helmut Lachenmann, and is released on the Old King Cole label. His latest project: albus/ater, a solo concert program containing two cycles of twelve pieces each will debut in April 2006.

McAllister earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in 2004 from the University of California, San Diego, where he is a Lecturer in Music and director of the guitar program.