Music at the Frist: Classical Guitarist Grant Ferris
Frist Center Cafe
Thu, Aug 22 6:00 pm
Grant Ferris, a Nashville-based guitarist, composer, and songwriter, holds a master’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he received a scholarship to study under David Tanenbaum. He also earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver, studying with Ricardo Iznaola and Masakazu Ito. While in Denver, Grant and was the first recipient of the Helen M. Garrett Award for Outstanding Graduating Classical Guitarist. In the fall of 2008, Mr. Ferris studied guitar, composition, and chamber music with composer and conductor Simone Fontanelli of the Salzburg Mozarteum while in Milan, Italy. Also while in Italy, Mr. Ferris premiered the new work for guitar trio "Los Tres Espiritos" by composer Michael Blankenship at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. He has played in master classes taught by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Fabio Zanon, Adam Holzman, Eduardo Fernández, and the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet. A recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Ferris has been praised for his versatility as a guitarist playing in many styles from classical, bluegrass, jazz, and rock. In addition to guitar, Grant plays dobro, lap steel, banjo, bouzouki, trumpet, and can fake his way through on a piano.