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Randall Avers

Randall Avers was born in 1974. He began playing guitar at age six and at 13, gave his first solo recital at the University of Akronís Gazzetta Hall. Four years later, Avers placed second in the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition becoming the youngest finalist in the competitionís history. He won several additional awards in international competitions ranging from the Yamaha Music Competition to the Concours Internationale de Guitare Rene Bartoli. Academic awards include the Theodore Presser Award and the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship.

As an active performer and instructor, Avers has appeared in music festivals and concert series throughout North America and Europe. He has been invited by the United States Information Service to lecture and perform in North Africa and Egypt as an Artistic Ambassador.

Avers is a graduate from the Oberlin Conservatory (BM) and the University of Arizona (MM). As a post-graduate, he attended the Conservatoire Nationale Superiere de Musique et de Danse in Paris (CNSMDP) becoming the first American guitarist to receive a premiere prix in both solo and chamber music. He received additional education at the North Carolina School for the Arts, the University of Akron and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Currently, Avers resides in Oslo, Norway.

He has released two self-produced recordings to date: Vistas (1996) and Puerto Viejo (2004).

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