A scholarship student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music – Preparatory division, Ashwin has been fortunate to be mentored by warm and nurturing instructors like Scott Cmiel (since 2010) and Scott Gossage (2002-2009). In addition he has been coached by numerous world renowned masters such as Manuel Barrueco, Sergio Assad, Sharon Isbin, William Kanengiser, David Tanenbaum, Marc Teicholz, Ben Verdery, Meng Su, Thibault Cauvin, Gabriel Bianco, Johaness Moeller, Marcin Dylla and Rovshan Mamedkuliev.
Ashwin recently graduated from Los Altos High, CA and is headed to Harvard and New England Conservatory (NEC) the fall of 2016 for a joint engineering and music program.
As a featured performer on From the Top national radio program (NPR) (2012 soloist at Carnegie Hall and 2015 ensemble), Ashwin has had opportunities to share his love of the guitar with the wider audience. In celebration of the instrument and it’s music, Ashwin shared the stage recently (2014) with several seasoned performers at the 50th anniversary of SFCM guitar department (concert here Ashwin at 42m:25s and the review here). He has also done outreach locally at pre-schools, senior centers and hospitals and raised funds for charities like UNICEF through a solo concert (2011) at the age of 13.
Ashwin, a nature lover, draws inspiration for his music from his activities as a Boy Scout. He spent four weeks in the Aspen Mountains (2014), hiking and making music at the Aspen Music Festival, mentored and coached by Sharon Isbin (head of guitar dept, Julliard school of Music). He used his love of the guitar to form a quartet and perform the opening Act for Western Ballet’s Nutcracker (2013) as part of his Eagle Project, which has been nominated for best National Eagle Service Project of the year award (2015) for its originality.
Ashwin Krishna, who took to classical guitar when he was four years old, continues to push the limits of what he can do with the instrument. To enrich his growth as a musician, Ashwin enjoys competing and performing both nationally and internationally as a soloist and also as part of an ensemble.
He is a Gold Medalist at the world renowned Young Guitarist Parkening Competition (2015), a prize winner for three consecutive years (2010-2012) at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America’s (GFA) International junior competition, and a first place winner in the National ASTA Solo Junior competition (2015). In a competition world dominated by pianos and violins, Ashwin has managed to bring attention to classical guitar by winning the all Instruments music category at the Mondavi Young Artist competition (2012) and at the Pacific Musical Society competition (2011) – the first guitarist to do so in its 100 year history.