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Alan Mearns



Alan Mearns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He began his musical studies with the classical violin at age five, switching to the guitar at age ten. Moving to the United States in his late teens, he studied classical guitar performance with Douglas James at Appalachian State University (where he held the prestigious Fletcher Scholarship) and with Stanley Yates at Austin Peay State University.

Bach-Godowsky, Bach-Busoni, Bach-Leonhardt. And now, Bach-Mearns, for no transcription of Bach deserves a hyphen more than the guitar transcription presented here.
              Mark Delpriora, Manhattan School of Music / Juilliard School

...a revelation. Mearns reveals himself a singular artist of extraordinary imagination...truly a next-generation phenomenon.
             Stephen Aron, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Mearns’ virtuosic recording is a thrilling adventure for the hands and ears...reminding us of how exciting the guitar can be as a solo instrument when it suggests something greater than itself.
             Jonathan Leathwood, University of Denver, Editor Soundboard Scholar

If you think you’ve heard Bach on the guitar, think again!

             Rene Izquierdo, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


For information regarding Alan Mearns’ recording of these arrangements, Sei Solo: Works by J. S. Bach, please visit

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