Since beginning her study of the guitar at age six, Risa Carlson has climbed into rolex replica the top ranks of guitarists from her generation. Her solo performances have been described as "moody, often virtuosic, musically rich ... brilliantly articulated" (The Baltimore Sun), and, in duo, her performances have been hailed as having "exquisite taste and perfect arc, making the dense textures clear and liquid" (The St. Louis-Post Dispatch).
A featured performer and lecturer at festivals such as the
Manuel Barrueco Masterclass, Alexandria Guitar Festival, and the UTB Guitar
Ensemble Festival, Ms. Carlson also maintains an active concert schedule, and
appearing in concert as a soloist and in chamber ensemble across the
In addition to her solo appearances, Ms. Carlson regularly performs in duo as a member of the highly praised Duo Erato with guitarist Martha Masters. The duo has been hailed by the Fort Worth Star as "so tightly coordinated that it often seemed that the two women were playing a single instrument."
Ms. Carlson has premiered several new works, including Michael Daugherty's I Loved Lucy and Paul Mathews' devil gits sat on, both for flute and guitar, and Serenata for solo guitar by Bruno Amato.
Ms. Carlson was a top prizewinner at one of the most
prestigious international competitions, the 18th Annual Guitar Foundation of
America International Competition in
Risa Carlson is Chair of the guitar department at the Levine
School of Music in Washington D.C. Ms. Carlson received her Bachelor and
Master of Music degrees as well as a Graduate Performance Diploma from the
Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in