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Music at the Frist: Classical Guitarist Grant Ferris
A recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Ferris has been praised for his versatility as a guitarist playing in all styles from classical to jazz to country to rock.
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 and was the first recipient of the Helen M. Garrett Award for the 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 of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Fabio Zanon, Adam Holzman, Eduardo Fernandez, and the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet.