Hailed as "someone to watch" for possessing "wonderful technique as well as keen musical sensibilities" by ClevelandClassical.com, classical guitarist Krystin O'Mara’s dazzling soloistic capabilities render her an extraordinary talent with captivating sound quality, intense musicality, and interpretive clarity.
In recent seasons, Ms. O’Mara has appeared on several concert series throughout America, including a performance exhibition at the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival, the New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University (performing and recording Martin Herchenroder's "Landschaften, a concerto for two guitars and orchestra," for Albany Records), the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society Local Artists and Rising Stars Series, and the Princeton Sound Kitchen at Princeton University. Award-winning composer Viet Cuong wrote for her “OBSESSION,” which went on to win first prize at the Boston GuitarFest Composition Competition. O’Mara performed the world-premiere of the strikingly deep work at Princeton before releasing her similarly titled debut solo CD in 2013, which was released to critical acclaim.
In addition to her soloistic success, Ms. O’Mara performs in collaboration with saxophonist Ethan Miller in Duende. A unique duo representing a fresh, new direction in contemporary classical music, Duende performs traditional classical repertoire with influences from Spanish, flamenco, jazz, Brazilian, and world music, as well as commissioned works. The saxophone and guitar duo recently appeared in concert series at the Akron University and Kent State University, as well as the US Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium. Their new CD, Travel Notebook, is now available through Centaur Records. O’Mara also appears in numerous chamber music ensembles including guitar duo, string quartets, string trios, and flutists for the Stars in the Classics chamber music series.
Believing strongly in community outreach, Ms. O’Mara acted as a site coordinator for The Creative Access (Peabody Conservatory’s student outreach initiative) while in Baltimore. In Cleveland, she regularly performed through CIM's community outreach program and is currently an active performer for outreach and community concerts throughout Atlanta. A passionate and dedicated guitar instructor, O’Mara is currently on faculty at Kent State University as an adjunct professor. Previous appointments include serving on faculty at Agnes Scott College and Truett McConnell University. She also maintains a private studio in Alpharetta.
O’Mara completed a Postgraduate Studies Certificate at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with world-renowned Grammy-winning artist Jason Vieaux. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees simultaneously from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University studying with Julian Gray.
Krystin plays a 2009 Robert Ruck composite top classical guitar with Savarez Alliance strings.