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Karl Wohlwend has performed across North America, playing guitar in every imaginable style and setting.  From the classical concert hall to playing rock ‘n roll; whether sitting in pit orchestras for musicals, jazz clubs to Irish pubs, he sees the guitar’s greatest strength as lying in its versatility, and strives to do it all. He holds a master’s degree in classical guitar performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Holmquist, and his undergraduate study was with Christopher Berg at the University of South Carolina. Karl has served on the faculties of Capital University, Ohio Wesleyan University and Ohio State University School of Music.  He is currently the director of the guitar department at Otterbein University, where he teaches classical and jazz guitar and directs a small jazz ensemble and the department’s rock band.  Each summer since 1996, he has been invited to teach at the University of Cincinnati’s Summer Guitar Workshop. Recent performing highlights include accompanying mandolinist, Carlo 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; and playing with clarinet legend Richard Stolzman and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra onstage and for their debut recording, Ragomania. Karl plays in the Eos Duo with flutist Kimberlee Goodman. They were invited to perform in Seoul, South Korea, at the College Music Society’s International Conference in 2011, and will be released their debut recording in 2012. In addition to his work as a concert soloist, Karl was a founding member of the critically acclaimed Irish band, Knot Fibb’n, with whom he has appeared on five CDs.  He is in great demand as a freelance artist 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.”  His debut solo recording, including music of Lauro, Mertz, Villa-Lobos, Koshkin, and Bach was released in the summer of 2009, and in January 2011 he released Out of Italy, featuring music by rarely-heard 19th century guitar composers.  His recording of the 24 Passacaglie of A.M. Bartolotti is the first-ever recording of this landmark work for five-course baroque guitar. As part of the Wohlwend-Yates Duo, he as released two recordings of the music of Ferdninando Carulli, with Stanley Yates. The duo has appeared in concert in Cincinnati, Columbus, and at the Austin Peay State University Guitar Fest, as well as performing live on WOSU Public Radio. Karl has collaborated with mandolinist Eugene Braig in Gruviera Armonico since 2004.

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