Young classical guitarist Vince Carrola is pushing the boundaries of the guitar, taking the instrument to places it’s never been before. Hailed through YouTube as connecting the generations through his music, Vince is breaking down the barriers between different genres of music, connecting fans of classical, pop, rock, and film music alike.
Vince has introduced new audiences to the guitar by arranging and performing songs from bands such as Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Deep Purple, proving that the classical guitar can rock out. He’s also arranged such masterful film scores as Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars for guitar, all the while carving out a new genre of guitar music. In 2015, he completed the transcription and arrangement of Gustav Holst’s Mars, the Bringer of War, in it’s entirety, for a guitar orchestra.
At four, Vince received his first guitar. At twelve, he began to study classically, entering numerous competitions, including a young artist national concerto competition in which he was a finalist and played the first movement from Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concerito de Aranjuez. He also attended, and even instructed, a performance development class at a local college, becoming a recipient of a prestigious classical guitar scholarship.
An active performer, Vince has performed collectively for 5,000 people at one venue. He also actively writes for the guitar repertoire. In 2011, Vince published his first book of guitar arrangements through Alfred Music Publishing, entitled, This Holy Night, 12 Christmas Classics for Guitar. Seven more books followed between 2012-2014. His arrangements, and studio recordings, have been sought out worldwide by guitar orchestras, ensembles, soloists, and amateurs.