Alan Rinehart has made many contributions to the guitar world as a
performer, teacher, and music editor. Completing studies at Western Michigan
University and a Professional Music Training Diploma from Vancouver Community
College, he studied lute repertoire and technique in London, England at the
Early Music Centre with Anthony Rooley, Jakob Lindberg, and Emma Kirkby. His
study of historical performance practices led to the ability to play the lute
with a softer 'no nail' sound and the guitar with standard concert guitar
In 1980 he gave a critically acclaimed London debut which was described by
GUITAR INTERNATIONAL magazine as: "consistently clean and musical...he has a
pleasantly relaxed stage manner which won over the audience right from the word
go". In addition to many concert recitals, he has performed at international
guitar festivals in Toronto and Quebec and on CBC radio and TV. A strong
advocate of new music and well as historical repertoire, he has commissioned
and/or premiered major works by many contemporary composers including John W.
Duarte, Maximo Diego Pujol, and Canadians Stephen Chatman, Brian Tate and John
He has released three solo CDs and one CD with the Vancouver Guitar Quartet that
have received international critical praise. His latest solo CD 'The Golden
Century-lute music of 16th century Italy' was released in Spring 2010.
Alan Rinehart is a co-founder of The Vancouver Guitar Quartet that became a
regular part of the Vancouver and Western Canadian music scene in the late
1980's with many concert and radio appearances including broadcast concerts on
CBC's ARTS NATIONAL, and enthusiastically acclaimed performances as featured
artists in the host pavilion at EXPO 86. After an hiatus of a number of years
the Quartet reformed in 1996 and released its debut recording 'Estampas' in
1999. The Quartet disbanded in 2003.
His editorial work has included arranging and engraving the guitar performance
edition of the Moscow lute manuscript of Sylvius Leopold Weiss for Editions
Orphee and compiling and engraving a volume of music by Spanish guitarist A. J.
Manjon for Chanterelle-Mel Bay as well as preparation of guitar solo and
ensemble music for his own company NovaScribe Editions.
He was a faculty member of the music schools at the University of British
Columbia and Vancouver Community College from 1983 to 2003. At UBC, he and
Michael Strutt developed one of the most comprehensive guitar performance
programs in Canada. He continues to be in demand as an adjudicator, instructor
and clinician. His students have won major competitions and have completed
advanced degrees in guitar performance and composition and established
significant careers in the music world.
After a long time residency in Vancouver, B.C., he moved to Nelson, B.C. in 2004
where, in addition to teaching at the Nelson Academy of Music, he was on the
Board of the Nelson and District Arts Council and was the coordinator of the
19th Northwest Guitar Festival, a 3 day event held in Nelson April 16-18, 2009.
While in Nelson, he hosted "the Art and Times of the Guitar", a weekly one hour
radio show devoted to the classical guitar, for 11 seasons (176 shows) on CJLY,
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Alan is currently living and working in Kelowna, BC, Canada and you can find out more about him on his website.
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