B i o g r a p h y
Kevin Shannon actively performs solo and chamber music on both modern classical guitar, and various period instruments including Lute, Baroque guitar and percussion.
Kevin is a founding and current member of the Atlantic Guitar Quartet, a chamber ensemble dedicated to performing the music of living composers. AGQ has performed all over the east coast, and has won numerous awards, including the Presser award, and the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society's Composition Commission award. They've premiered and recorded music from some of today's most exciting composers such as Ronald Pearl, Christopher Gainey, David Smooke, Joshua Bornfield, Lewis Krauthamer, and Olivier Bensa. They continue to expand the repertoire of guitar music and perform at The Engineers Club of the Garret-Jacobs Mansion, where they are artists-in-residence.
In the genre of early music, Kevin is a multi-instrumentalist that has performed with such groups as the Peabody Consort, the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, Divisio, Heavens Noyse, and the Byrd Consort. He specializes in Medieval and Renaissance improvisation and performance practice, and is featured in multiple recordings.
He received Bachelors Degree in Music Performance and Music Theory from West Chester University. He went on to receive a Masters of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma from the esteemed Peabody Institute, where he served as graduate assistant, and received numerous scholarships and grants.
Recent notable performances include collaborations with the New York Baroque Dance Company, performances through the Midori and Friends Foundation, Goucher College, York College, Salisbury University's "Guitar in the Gallery" series, Harford College, Oldfields School, performances in the Marlow Guitar series, the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, New York's Spring Stage music series, the Loyola College Concert Series, and performances at the Kennedy Center for the performing arts.