Described as “…one of his generation’s finest guitarists (Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine), Zane Forshee seamlessly bridges the traditions of the past with works of living composers to engage and challenge audiences. With accolades such as the top prize in the Montpelier Artist Recital Competition and the first prize in the National Guitar Workshop International Solo Guitar Competition among others, Forshee’s dynamic programming has led to appearances worldwide including: the Palacete de Amezúa (Madrid), the Joseph Joachim Konzertsaal (Berlin), the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), the New York City Classical Guitar Society, and the Chimei Museum (Taiwan).
Forshee’s most recent project, the Laptop Tour, furthers his mission of musical exploration by challenging the concept of the classical concert. Arming himself with a laptop, cameras, microphones, and an internet connection, Forshee creates programs that reflect the connections found between pieces, composers, and nontraditional spaces. The musical terrain is wide open for Forshee as he continues to experiment with what’s possible both for himself, the guitar, and audiences in the 21st century.
Earlier this year, Forshee released a recording of Judah Adashi’s my heart comes undone for electric guitar and loop pedal. On the heels of this latest recording, Forshee launches his second full-length album, recorded in Berlin, Germany, on the Artist’s Recording Collective label (ARC). This new album traces the evolution of 20th century Valencian composers and draws upon Forshee’s extensive original research gathered while living in Spain as a Fulbright Grant Recipient. The album will be released in fall 2018.
Forshee serves on the guitar faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He is also chair of the Guitar and Harp Department of the Peabody Preparatory. Additionally, Forshee directs Peabody’s annual Fret Fest, Summer Guitar Intensive, and was most recently awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for his work within the Preparatory. “As the old adage goes, those who cannot do, teach. Apparently Zane Forshee didn’t get the memo … do not miss out on the chance to learn a thing or two from the man who makes music his life in the classroom and on stage.” (Baltimore City Paper)
Zane Forshee is a D’Addario Artist and plays on D’Addario strings.
BM Webster University; MM Peabody Conservatory; GPD Peabody Conservatory; DMA Peabody Conservatory.