Chad IbisonAl Marabella
American guitarist Chad Ibison has captivated audiences across North America and abroad through his imaginative musical interpretations and charismatic stage presence. Hailed through critical acclaim, Chad has been described as “really versatile in terms of contrast and range of expression” (Classical Guitar Canada) with “masterful phrasing combined with technical precision” (ClassicalGuitar.org). Composer Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, perhaps best describes Ibison’s impact as a performer; “Chad gave an incendiary performance. His approach was, at the same time, aggressive and intimate. He melded with the instrument, and the result was brash, expressive and technically secure.”
Along with his critical acclaim, Ibison has accumulated twelve top prize wins at international guitar competitions. Chad has distinguished himself in some of the world’s most prestigious competitions: The Guitar Foundation of America, JoAnn Falletta Concerto Competition and Boston’s New England Conservatory Guitarfest. As a result of the competition wins, Chad is sought after as a concert artist throughout America. He participates regularly at many guitar festivals as a performer, teacher and judge.
Currently, Chad resides in Austin, Texas where he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a doctorate in guitar performance in May of 2016. For four years, Chad served as Professor Adam Holzman’s teaching assistant, and for his final year as a doctoral candidate, Chad created a new critical edition of selections from the 24 Caprichos de Goya, op. 195 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
As a dedicated educator, Chad began teaching at a young age which eventually led to the formation of his thriving company, CMI Music Lessons in Houston, Texas, where Chad taught on average sixty students per week for over ten years. In addition, Chad has also taught at the Columbus Conservatory, Orpheus Music Academy, and The University of Texas at Austin and in masterclasses across the United States and abroad. Since the fall of 2016, Chad Ibison is the new Assistant Professor at Texas Lutheran University and has over twenty years of guitar teaching experience.
To learn more about Chad and hear him perform, visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chadibisonguitarist/