Karl Wohlwend has performed across North America, in Europe and Asia, playing guitar in various styles and settings. Believing that the guitar’s greatest strength in its versatility, he strives to do it all: classical concert halls, playing rock ‘n roll, musical theater pit orchestras, jazz clubs and Irish pubs. He holds a master’s degree in classical guitar performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Holmquist. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of South Carolina, where he studied with Christopher Berg. Karl has served on the faculties of The Ohio State University, Capital University, Otterbein University and Ohio Wesleyan University.  He was the co-ordinator for the jazz/improvisation program for the Chamber Music Connection, and he has been on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Classical Guitar Workshop since 1996. Recent performing highlights include accompanying mandolinist, Carlos Aonzo, completing a week-long residency with New York’s avant-garde ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, touring with Grammy-winning countertenor, Ian Howell including an appearance on Ravinia’s Rising Stars series, performing with the Flamenco Company of Columbus at the Chataqua Festival and with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and playing with clarinet legend Richard Stolzman and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra onstage and for their debut recording, Ragomania.  In 2019, he was a featured concerto soloist with the Westerville Symphony Orchestra for the rarely-performed Concierto del Sur of Manuel Ponce. Karl is in great demand as a freelance artist and teacher around central Ohio, runs a small recording studio, and builds custom tube guitar amplifiers.  The Outer Banks (NC) Forum for the Lively Arts hailed his “extraordinary talent,” and the Washington, DC Guitar Society praised his “command of technique, beautiful tone, and sensitive musicianship.” He has appeared on dozens of recordings, including 8 CDs with the Irish bands Knot Fibb’n, Two2Many, and Dogwood Road. His second solo CD, Out of Italy, features the only recording of M.A. Zani de Ferranti’s opus 11 Capricci, and his project of 5-course baroque guitar music, Passacaglie, is the first-ever recording of the entire 90-minute cycle of the 24 passacaglias from Michele Angiol Bartolotti’s 1640 publication. He has also recorded with flutist, Kimberlee Goodman, in the EOS Duo, premiering Garrett Ian Shatzer’s The Frame. With Stanley Yates, he recorded two volumes of Guitaromanie, including premier recordings of arrangements and compositions by Ferdinando Carulli.

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