Music has long been a part of Ian Hrdlicka's life. Upon discovering the guitar at age ten, Ian gravitated towards the bluegrass music of his home state, North Carolina. Inspired by the great musicians he had seen at live concerts, Ian developed a strong desire to perform from a young age and soon began playing around his hometown in a bluegrass duo with his brother, Connor Hrdlicka. While most of Ian's early musical pursuits were in the bluegrass realm, he began exploring different styles in his teens, branching out to jazz, rock and classical music. He had the very unique opportunity of performing the electric guitar part on Leonard Bernstein's "Slava" with the Greensboro Concert Band in 2013, an event that left him intrigued about the guitar's place in classical music.
After graduating from Western Guilford High School in 2014, Ian decided to advance his six-string studies at UGA. Since entering the UGA guitar studio, lead by virtuoso guitarist Dr. Daniel Bolshoy, Ian has began performing as a soloist on the classical guitar. Weekly lessons, as well as guitar history and pedagogy classes have furthered Ian's understanding of the musical and technical challenges that the guitar presents. He plans to continue his education at the Masters level after he graduates from UGA in December 2018 with a degree in Music Performance and a minor in English.
Ian teaches students of all styles and levels and prides himself on his adaptability. Ian makes it a point to not only show his students how to sharpen their skills on the guitar, but also improve them as musicians, teaching aspects of music theory and basic sight reading to all of his students.