Charles Wolzien


Concert Reviews

.....Charles Wolzien is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado College of Music in Boulder. Under his guidance from its inception in 1979, the CU-Boulder undergraduate guitar program grew to include masters and doctoral degrees, a Graduate Teaching Assistantship position, classes in sight reading, accompanying, guitar repertoire, chamber music and guitar ensembles, and an average enrollment of 20 to 25 majors. In 2006, at age 55, Wolzien stepped down as Associate Dean of the College and took early retirement from the faculty after 27 years of service. He remained on staff for an additional year being voted Professor Emeritus in 2007.
.....Dr. Wolzien served as a guest lecturer at Australia's Sydney Conservatorium of Music during April of 1995; has conducted master classes in the US, Canada, China, and Argentina; and is included in the 60th edition of Marquis's Who's Who in American Education. Wolzien has written articles on Renaissance guitar repertoire and proportional notation and is the author of French Renaissance Guitar Songs, a performance edition of Adrian Le Roy's 1555 Voix de ville (Doberman-YPPAN Press). For nineteen years he wrote about early guitar repertoire as a reviewer for both Soundboard and Guitar Review magazines. His arrangements for flute and guitar are published by Shawnee Press and Southern Music Company.
..... From the mid 1970's through the decade of the 1980's, Wolzien appeared both as a soloist and ensemble performer, presenting hundreds of programs throughout the continental United States and Hawaii. He was a featured artist on a Royal Viking Lines trans-Panama canal cruise with stops in Mexico, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, and toured in the US and Canada for Columbia Artists Management. He presented debut concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall and the Los Angeles Bach Festival; performed on many major university and civic-center recital series; and was selected to perform at national meetings of the Sonneck Society (for American Music), the College Music Society, and the American String Teachers Association/Guitar Foundation. Beginning in the 1990’s and continuing until his retirement from CU-Boulder, Wolzien performed extensively on replica guitars from the Renaissance and Baroque periods as well as on a small, French six-string guitar built in the early 1800's. His recitals spanned the globe, including appearances in the United States, South America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, North Africa and the Mediterranean, as well as performances at numerous European conservatories, including the American Academy in Rome. His CD album Dances, Grounds and Songs features repertoire played on these early instruments.
..... In 2007, Charles moved to Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, to establish his oceanside guitar studio next to Rathtrevor Beach Park. He performed at various Island venues and served as an adjudicator for the Upper Island Music Festival before returning to Colorado in 2017, where he continues to enjoy traveling (especially his recent trips to India, and Russia in 2013), motorcycle touring.