Hailed for their “extraordinary technique and musicianship,” Duo 220 has established a firm position in a newly emerging generation of guitar ensembles. Drawing inspiration from their predecessors while also looking forward, Duo 220 strives to create programs that are new, fresh and accessible through a mixture of both standards and lesser-known works in the guitar duo repertoire, inventive and effective transcriptions, and newly commissioned works by young composers, with an emphasis on reaching as broad an audience as possible. Stroud and Larison have received enthusiastic responses from audiences across the U.S. and abroad headlining in such venues as the Corsham Arts Festival (U.K.), The Sierra Nevada Guitar Society (Reno, NV), Guitar Sarasota (Sarasota, FL) and the Troy University Guitar Festival (Troy, AL). Both protégés of celebrated American pedagogue Bruce Holzman of Florida State University, Duo 220 received a highly transformative series of coachings from Sergio Assad of the Assad Duo in 2008.
As a soloist, Adam Larison has appeared in concert across the United States as well abroad, including in Tignespace (Tignes, France), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, San Francisco’s “Guitarrada,” The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, the New Mexico International Guitar Festival, the Louisville International Guitar Festival, Guitar Sarasota, and the South Georgia Ballet. He has also made television and radio appearances, including on KUSF (NPR San Francisco, CA), WXXI (Rochester, NY), and KASA Fox (Albuquerque, NM). In addition to enjoying an active solo career, Adam has performed throughout the country and the United Kingdom with fellow guitarist Andrew Stroud as a member of Duo 220. Together, they have appeared at The Corsham Arts Festival (UK), the Seven Hills Concert Series (Tallahassee, FL), and in venues including The Tampa Bay Area Guitar Society (Tampa, FL), the Sierra Nevada Guitar Society (Reno, NV) and Westminster University (London, UK). Committed to promoting new music for the guitar, Adam has performed North American and world premieres of several solo and ensemble works, including those by Robert Morris, Hans Abrahamsen, Georg Friedrich Haas, Sebastian Birch, and Andrew Pfalz.
A frequent guest teacher at festivals and universities across the U.S., Adam has been invited to give masterclasses at The Servite Ensemble Workshop, Mississippi State University, Westchester University, Troy University, Belhaven University, The Eastman School of Music, and the Eastman Community Music School. Currently serving on the faculties of Kent State University, Edinboro University, and Ashland University, he has also taught at the Eastman Community Music School (Pre-College of the Eastman School of Music) and Chipola College. Adam is Director of the Kent State "Guitar Weekend," a festival funded by the Ohio Arts Counciland Arts in Stark (the Stark County Arts Council) celebrating classical and popular styles of guitar playing.
Adam began studying guitar with Louis Critchfield, and with John Truitt and Mickey Jones at the Albuquerque Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Music, Magna Cum Laude in guitar performance with full scholarship under Bruce Holzman at Florida State University, a Master of Music in guitar performance, with a Presidential Scholarship and the Vincent Constantino scholarship under Sérgio Assad at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Performer’s Certificate from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena, Italy) where he studied under Oscar Ghiglia. He completed doctoral studies under Nicholas Goluses and Paul O’Dette at the Eastman School of Music.
While at Eastman, Adam was awarded a performer’s certificate by unanimous consent of faculty in the Guitar, Lute, and Harp department. He also earned First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2013 Great Lakes Guitar Competition, Second Prize at the 2013 Hamilton International Guitar Competition (Canada), and received top prizes in the D’Addario International Guitar Competition and the Boston Guitarfest Competition.
Andrew Stroud began studying the classical guitar with his father while living in Bath, England.
His teachers have included composer Thomas Coffey, renowned American performer Stephen Robinson, French virtuoso Judicaël Perroy, and Bruce Holzman. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University. He completed both Master of Music degree and Doctor of Music degrees at Florida State University. At FSU, Stroud was awarded three consecutive graduate teaching assistantships. He has performed in the master classes of Oscar Ghiglia, the Assad Duo, Paul Galbraith, Roland Dyens, Eduardo Fernandez, Paco Pena, Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and many other world renowned musicians.
Andrew has won accolades at many international competitions including the Columbus State Guitar Symposium, Guitare Lachine Competition (Montreal), Rosario Competition (Columbia, SC), Schadt International Concerto Competition (Allentown, PA), the Dr. Luis Sigall Competition (Vina del Mar, Chile), Guitar Foundation of America Competition, and the Christopher Parkening Competition (Malibu, CA), the world’s largest prize guitar competition.
As a soloist, Andrew has enjoyed performing in a wide array of venues. Among them are the Festival Mediterreano della Chitarra in Italy, featured solo performances in West Palm Beach’s Gala Concert and a performance at the Veteran World Fencing Championships Gala. As a Chamber Musician, he has performed in diverse roles ranging from orchestral music to opera. He has been featured on local and national broadcasts on television and NPR. In 2009, Andrew made his South American debut, giving master classes and concerts in Chile. He has been a featured soloist on series such as the Seven Hills Guitar Series, Guitar Sarasota, and the Troy University Guitar Festival.
Among his other endeavors have been lectures, master classes and teaching.. He has recorded for the Hands on Teaching method, and has authored articles published in Soundboard magazine. He currently serves on the faculty of Wallace Community College as chair of the music department. Since 2012, he has been serving as co-director of the Seven Hills Guitar Series. In 2014, he founded the St. Michael’s Concert Series in Ozark, AL. He has reviewed texts for W.W. Norton and Co. and in 2012, Lambert Academic Publishing published his book, Johann Kaspar Mertz and Style Hongrois.
Duo 220 performs on guitars by Yulong Guo (2014)