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Alan Rinehart

Alan Rinehart biography notes

He has made many contributions to the guitar world as a performer, teacher, and music editor. Completing studies at Western Michigan University and a Professional Music Training Diploma from Vancouver Community College, he studied lute repertoire and technique in London, England at the Early Music Centre with Anthony Rooley, Jakob Lindberg, Nigel North and Emma Kirkby.

In 1980 he gave a critically acclaimed London debut which was described by GUITAR INTERNATIONAL magazine as: "consistently clean and musical...he has a pleasantly relaxed stage manner which won over the audience right from the word go". In addition to many concert recitals, he has performed at international music festivals in Spain, the United States, Toronto and Quebec and appeared on CBC radio and TV.

He is a co-founder of The Vancouver Guitar Quartet, which became a regular part of the Vancouver and Western Canadian music scene from the late 1980s to 2003, with many concert and radio appearances.

He has released seven solo CDs and one CD with the Vancouver Guitar Quartet that have received international critical praise.

From 1983 to 2003 he was a faculty member of the music schools at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Community College

He moved to Nelson in 2004 where in addition to hosting The Art and Times of the Guitar, a look at history, music, players and news from the world of the classical guitar on Kootenay Coop Radio he taught at the Nelson Academy of Music, was a member of the Board of the Nelson and District Arts Council, was music director of the TD Bank Sunday Coffee concert series at the Kootenay Gallery in Castlegar from 2007-2010 and was the coordinator of the 19th Northwest Guitar Festival, a 3 day event which was held in Nelson April 16-18, 2009.

He moved to Kelowna, BC in 2010.

in concert:

“fluent technique...all the allure one could ask” The Times of London

"The playing was consistently clean and musical with a good regard for sound, and he has a pleasantly relaxed manner which won over the audience right from the word go."
GUITAR INTERNATIONAL magazine, London, England, (London Debut, The Purcell Room)

Renaissance Masters and Latin Romantics:

"Rinehart impresses the listener for his skill, ease and virtuosity on the guitar, from which he draws tones of plush loveliness and a wide range of colour .., a record that should give its purchaser lasting pleasure."
FANFARE magazine

Musical Banquet:

"A sober, elegant, controlled performance, with a nice phrasing and a consistent technique. Everything is clear and it leaves nothing to desire."
Angelo Gilardino, Composer and Editor,
The Artistic Director
of the "Andrés Segovia" Foundation of Spain

The Golden Century:

Alan Rinehart’s The Golden Century: Lute Music From 16th Century Italy is the sort of performance that can change your musical perspective, opening your mind up to new sounds and styles you may never have otherwise considered. Rinehart’s work is a thing of beauty.
Wildy Haskell
5 stars (out of 5)

Soliloquies and Dreams:

"Mr. Rinehart is a bold player. He has a wide range of color and dynamics, uses considerable rubato in his interpretations, and seems to have a solid technical command. I enjoy his Paganini (the slow movement of the Grand Sonata with some added ornamentation that fit the virtuoso’s music quite well), his Ponce is delightful, the Smith-Brindle is played convincingly. The other works, by Casseus, Duke, Pujol, Myers, and Cardoso are lovely. He certainly evokes a personal atmosphere, I was never bored. "
KEATON American Record Guide

Spanish Recital:

"This a most pleasing and highly satisfying guitar recital performed by the very talented and critically acclaimed guitarist Alan Rinehart, do not hesitate to acquire this CD for some of the most technically accomplished and emotionally expressive guitar playing you have ever heard. Every one of the pieces on this disc basks in its own beauty and grace, but be prepared to have your breath taken away when you hear Rinehart play Tarrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra. "
Jerry Dubins for FANFARE magazine