playing electric guitar

Colin Elsworth has spent his life exploring the music making possibilities, expressive potential and technical challenges of all things guitar. After an early stint as a drummer (playing live on the public stage aged just 7) he became interested in the guitar in his mid teens. Having adopted the styles of the 80's guitar heroes that surrounded him, he spent the next 10 years playing in various blues, pop and rock bands as lead guitarist, backing vocalist, session player and songwriter, in venues ranging from the recording studio to pubs and clubs, to open air festivals and the musicals stage.

Wishing to explore the capabilities of his instrument further, in his mid twenties he set aside his Strat in favour of the classical guitar. Within twelve months he had passed his grade 8 with distinction, and later that same year he entered the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. Notable performances at this time included chamber, duo and solo recitals at the Bolivar Hall international guitar festival at the Venezuelan embassy in London. Whilst at the conservatoire his compositions (that ranged from Bachian keyboard fugues to contemporary pieces for chamber groups) were held in high regard. And as well as graduating with honours in the summer of 2006, Colin was also the winner of the Birmingham Conservatoire Guitar Prize for performance.

playing classical guitar

Today Colin runs a private teaching practice from his home in York. When he isn't working he divides his time between arranging music for the classical instrument for performance in his own concerts, tailoring studies and exercises for his students, as well as constantly maintaining his abilities through self-inflicted daily practice routines; focusing clearly on many individual styles and approaches in order to maintain a thorough physical grasp and in depth understanding of his instrument.