-Biography (born 1987)-
Grant Ferris is a passionate musician dedicated to bringing the
classical guitar to audiences old and new through performance and
Grant is currently a student of classical guitar performance at the
University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. His principal teachers
include Ricardo Iznaola, Masakazu Ito, and Jonathan Leathwood. While
at DU, Grant has had the chance to play in master classes with the Los
Angeles Guitar Quartet and Fabio Zanon. He also worked directly with
composer and guitarist Stephen Goss.
In fall of 2008 Grant studied arranging and chamber music with
conductor and composer Simone Fontanelli in Milan, Italy. During this
time, Grant’s arrangement of Vivaldi’s Domine Deus for 3 guitars,
cello, oboe, and soprano was performed at the Università Cattolica del
Sacro Cuore. Also while abroad, Grant debuted the new work for
guitar trio, Los Tres Espiritos by composer Michael Blankenship.
Upcoming events include the debuting of a new solo guitar work by
Michael Blankenship, a recital and lecture at Grinnell College, recitals
in Denver and Nebraska, and recording of his first cd.
A recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Grant has been praised
for his versatility as a guitarist playing in all styles from classical to
jazz to blues and rock. A committed teacher, Grant aspires to share
his knowledge and experience through performance and education.