Bryan Burns is currently an adjunct professor of guitar at Tarrant County College and a Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas. Bryan began studying the guitar at the relatively late age of nineteen. Having first been inspired in his formative years by the guitar playing of his father, he has since spent the last decade refining his musical talent under the guidance of numerous formidable guitar minds. The foundations of his guitar playing were formed under the tutelage of several fine guitarists, most notably Robert Guthrie, Mitch Weverka, Sabine Madriguera, and Thomas Johnson. As his love for the 19th-century guitar repertoire began to blossom, Bryan sought out the Italian masters to further his interpretive understanding of their rich musical heritage. His studies with Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli, both in festivals and privately, have had a tremendous impact on his musical and artistic development. In 2009, Bryan turned his attention to the world renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk to glean some insight into Mr. Fisk’s mastery of the instrument, specifically his unique approach to Baroque transcription. His post-graduate work at the New England Conservatory focused primarily on the repertoire of Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, and Johann Froberger. Bryan holds two music degrees from the University of North Texas (B.M. 2008 and M.M. 2009–with honors) as well as an Artistic Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory (2011). Bryan has won numerous prizes and awards in the field of music, both on the concert stage and academically. He has given concerts both in the U.S. and abroad, appearing as a featured soloist for several guitar Societies in America and Italy. Most recently, Mr. Burns founded the UNT Guitar Collegium and co-founded the North Texas Guitar Academy, serving as its Artistic Director. In addition, he recently co-authored the Classical Guitar Curriculum for UNT undergraduate and Graduate level students with his friend and colleague, Stephen Lochbaum.