Adam was introduced to the guitar at the Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His formative teachers were Albuquerque-based musical polymath Louis Critchfield, and visionary pre-college guitar pedagogues Mickey Jones and John Truitt. Adam completed his undergraduate degree with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University where he was the recipient of a full scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. He holds a master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory where he received the Presidential and Vincent Constantino Scholarships and studied with Sergio Assad, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Nicholas Goluses and Paul Odette.
Adam has been recognized with the 1st Prize and Audience Prize in the Great Lakes Guitar Competition, 2nd Prize in the Hamilton International Guitar Competition (Ontario, Canada), and 3rd Prize in the Boston GuitarFest competition. A passionate advocate for innovative, inclusive, and accessible music pedagogy, Adam has served on the faculties of Kent State University, Ashland University, Edinboro University, Chipola College, and the Eastman Community Music School of the Eastman School of Music. He currently serves on the faculty of Saint Xavier University in Chicago.
About a recent performance, Cleveland Classical wrote, “Larison played a beautifully delineated, soaring melody with lovely variety in dynamics, especially in the final fade to nothingness.” As a soloist, Adam Larison has performed in concert halls, on radio and on television across the U.S. and abroad, including in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Tignes Space (Tignes, France), the Cleveland Guitar Society, the New Mexico International Guitar Festival, Guitar Sarasota, the Greater Cincinnati Guitar Society, KUSF (NPR, San Francisco), and KASA Fox (Albuquerque). Along with follow guitarist Andrew Stroud, Adam performs as half of Duo 220, with recent feature performances for the Louisville International Guitar Festival, the Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium, the Troy University Guitar Festival, the Wilmington Guitar Society, and the Corsham Arts Festival (U.K.). He has performed North American and world premieres of works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Robert Morris, Mark Nowakowski, and Sebastian Anthony Birch.