Biography: Krystin O’Mara

Krystin-O'MaraClassical guitarist Krystin O’Mara’s performances have been praised by audiences for displaying “wonderful energy, expressiveness, and a gorgeous tone.”

Highlights of recent seasons feature solo performances and chamber music collaborations throughout the United States. This fall, Krystin traveled to Princeton University to premiere a work that was dedicated to her by composer Viet Cuong entitled “OBSESSION.” Her similarly title debut solo recording, which features the work, was released in November 2013. An active advocate of new music, Krystin performed Martin Herchenroder’s “Landschaften,” a concerto for two guitars and orchestra, at Bowling Green State University’s New Music Festival. The work was then recorded for a 2013 release on Albany records.

Krystin performs in collaboration with saxophonist Ethan Miller in Duende: a unique duo representing a fresh, new direction in contemporary classical music. Duende performs a mixture of traditional classical repertoire, spanish and flamenco influences, jazz, brazilian, world music, as well as commissioned works. Their first CD is expected to be released in the upcoming season.

A 2013 prizewinner at the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition and finalist at the Southern Guitar Competition, Krystin was the recipient of the Rosalia Alban Prize in Guitar and the Harold Randolph Prize in Performance.

Believing strongly in community outreach, Krystin acted as a site coordinator for The Creative Access – Peabody Conservatory’s student outreach initiative – while in Baltimore. In Cleveland, she is regularly seen performing community concerts. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Krystin maintains a large studio throughout Cleveland’s West Side. She also frequently provides live music for weddings and special events.

Krystin is a student of Jason Vieaux, where she is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Studies Certificate at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degree simultaneously from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Julian Gray.