Coordinator of Guitar Studies
Alex Komodore is a Denver-based virtuoso guitarist. His powerful interpretations, formidable technique, and natural musicianship have won unanimous praise from critics, audiences, and many of the world's finest guitarists. First Prize National winner in the Music Teachers National Association 1985 guitar category, his subsequent appearances on NPR and PBS broadcasts brought swift national acclaim. John Dileberto of PBS Echoes, gave his collaborative 1990 CD Redstone with flutist Rod Garnett a rare highest rating, which also earned the coveted "Best of Westword" best classical recording of 1990. He has played as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra soloist in virtually every concert venue along the Front Range. He has performed extensively across the United States, including at New York's Town Hall at the age of 11, a solo recital in historic New York's St. Paul’s Chapel at the age of 16, and an appearance at the United Nations while still a music performance major at New York University. His 1994 solo debut recording Passport won praises from several of the world's most prominent guitarists, including Christopher Parkening and Sharon Isbin, both who hailed his interpretation of Carlo Domeniconi's Koyunbaba as "Terrific!" Of his cd, David Russell, remarked, "Played with beautiful atmosphere, and great skill." His many CD appearances on Etherean, Folk Era, Delos, Salt, and Poco a Poco labels have received global distribution, including worldwide airplay at the 1992 Summer Olympics from Barcelona. His recordings and appearances with top-notch choral ensembles such as Kantori and the St. John's Cathedral Choir have also received national acclaim. A tireless teacher, Alex heads the guitar program at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he is assistant professor of guitar and music theory. Many of his former students have placed in international guitar competitions and top graduate music schools in the U.S.and abroad. His columns on guitar technique and advice have also been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine.
"Judging by this excellent new CD, Passport, beautifully recorded at Denver's St. John's Cathedral, this local guitarist is now world-class. This colorful 61 minute recital can hold its own against almost any recent guitar record."
The Denver Post
"Came next the familiar Vivaldi Concerto, with local guitar virtuoso Alex Komodore manning the frets in an exemplary fashion. For Walton's Five Bagatelles, Komodore's skills and sensitivity were much in evidence."
KVOD Critic's Circle
"A masterful performance executed with style and grace."
The Village Voice,
New York City
(Review at age 17)
"The art of Alex Komodore is marked by two important characteristics which guarantee his place in the international guitar world: Technical excellence and deep musical understanding. In addition to these, he possesses the natural flair that identifies the born performer. I have no doubts about the brilliant future of his performing career."
Lamont University of Denver Guitar Chair
Select performances by Alex Komodore: Solo Guitar
Sonata, Op. 47 (1976) Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
Koyunbaba Suite Carlo Dommeniconi (1947- )
Select performances by Alex Komodore and Rod Garnett (alto flute):