Described as “…one of his generation’s finest guitarists,” (Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine), Zane Forshee is active both as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent concert engagements have taken him across North America, Europe, and Asia, where his live performances have been noted for possessing “a beautiful ever-flow that held the audience captivated” (Retriever Weekly). Featured as a soloist at 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), Zane continues to delight audiences world- wide whilst developing an ever expanding and vibrant repertoire.
Raised in St. Louis, Zane’s exposure to various forms of music, both classical and popular, inspired his interest in developing diverse programs for the guitar. Guided by a desire to give performances that cross centuries and cultures Zane draws from the music of Renais- sance composers such as Francesco Da Milano, Gaspar Sanz, and John Dowland to living composers writing for the instrument today. His broad musical range and openness to col- laboration has led him to work with an array of distinct artists from Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company to composers: David Revill, Luke Bedford, Gene Koshinski, and Benjamin Verdery.
With his first album, Initial, Zane offers works from three contrasting composers: Baroque Italian harpsichord virtuoso Domenico Scarlatti, Cuban guitarist Leo Brouwer, and nineteenth century Spanish pianist Isaac Albéniz. The album has been praised for its “…superb musical and technical skill,” by Minor7th.com, while Classical Guitar Magazine states “Forshee immediately establishes his credentials as an excellent player, with clarity, precision and an abundance of fine technique.”
Zane recently finished recording his second album in Berlin, Germany, on the Artist’s Recording Collective label (ARC). Tracing the evolution of 20th Century Valencian composers who were writing for the guitar, the album draws upon Zane’s extensive original research gathered while living in Spain as a Fulbright Grant Recipient. The album will be released in 2017.
Zane holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, Master of Music Degree, and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. His awards include First Prize in the National Guitar Workshop International Solo Guitar Competition and Top Prize in the Montpelier Artist Recital Competition among others. Zane serves as the Chair of the Guitar and Harp department of the Peabody Institute-Preparatory Division. He also serves on the faculty of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is in residence at the Performing Arts Institute Summer Music Festival in Pennsylvania.
Zane Forshee is a D’Addario Artist and plays on D’Addario strings.