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Ian O'Sullivan - Atherton Summer Season 2013
Atherton Performing Arts Studio
Honolulu, HI
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Ian O'Sullivan - Atherton Summer Season 2013
North Shore Native, Ian O'Sullivan has been described as "Thoughtful" by Classical Guitar Magazine and "Delightful" by The Honolulu Advertiser.  A Kamehameha graduate and UH alumni, Ian became the first guitarist from Hawaii to get a Masters in Guitar from Yale University, where he received the Eliot Fisk Prize in Guitar. Some of his past performances include Carnegie Weill Recital Hall; The New York Guitar Society; The New England Guitar Society; Yale's Morse Hall; The Hawaii Public Radio Atherton Studios and with the Hawaii Opera Theater.
As a child, Ian learned the 'ukulele by watching and listening to friends and family. Like many guitarists, he began playing the guitar in a high school rock band, learning songs mostly by listening to records. In 2001, Ian began his studies at the University of Hawaii as a Marine Science Major. As an elective he enrolled in a beginning guitar course taught by Grammy winning guitarist Jeff Peterson.  This was the first time Ian had ever heard someone who really understood the guitar and was he was truly inspired.
The following year Ian began his formal studies in classical guitar at the University of Hawaii.  Although music had always been a passion for O'Sullivan, he still had no formal training when he started music at UH in 2002.  That meant he didn't know how to read music or a thing about western music history.  After turning in a blank music placement test, with only his name written on it, Ian began his music studies at the University of Hawaii Music Department. Learning to read music came quickly to Ian though, as the symbols were putting a name to things he had already learned by ear.  In 2009 Ian was one of two guitarists to be accepted and receive a full tuition Scholarship to the Yale School of Music Master's program.
In addition to classical music, Ian also performs a variety of Hawaiian Slack-Key and Jazz. This summer, Ian will be releasing his solo debut album "Born and Raised."  The CD is new music written for solo classical guitar by local composers Byron Yasui, Jeff Peterson, Darin Au, Michael Foumai, Bailey Matsuda and his own works. Ian is currently based out of Honolulu and is a lecturer in classical guitar at the University of Hawaii.


Atherton Performing Arts Studio (View)
738 Kaheka St., #101
Honolulu, HI 96814
United States


Music > Classical
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Jason N.
Honolulu, HI United States
May 15, 2013 11:04 PM
Jason N.
Honolulu, HI United States
May 15, 2013 11:04 PM

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