30 Under 30, Part 1: Jose Albela, Iren Arutyunyan, Daniel Bachman, and Ben Beirs
Jose Albela, 24
Never mind that he’s worked with a wild range of pop musicians including British soul belter Adele and big beat electronic-music pioneer DJ Fatboy Slim, what’s special about Jose Albela is his hot fingerstyle playing. In 2011, Albela was one of five finalists in the UK’s Acoustic Guitarist of the Year.
VIDEO: Scarlet Hill and Jose Albela - "Break the Chain"
Iren Arutyunyan, 25
One half of Le Chic Duo, Arutyunyan received a masters in classical guitar from the University of Southern California. With deft agility on the fingerboard, it’s no wonder that she has gone on to win several guitar competitions.
VIDEO: "Campanas Del Alba" - Eduardo Sainz de La Maza, played by Iren Arutyunyan
Daniel Bachman, 25
A purveyor of what he describes as “psychedelic Appalachia,” Bachman plays the steel string acoustic guitar with a frenetic energy that is both captivating and beautiful. Now a signed artist, he got his start selling cassette tapes of his American primitive live recordings.
VIDEO: Daniel Bachman - "White Oak"
Ben Beirs, 29
Haddonfield, New Jersey
This just-under-the wire classical player, who turns 30 in June, graduated from Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory, where he gained attention for his stunning Bach renditions. Now a guitar teacher, Beirs’ original compositions are nothing to sneeze at either.
VIDEO: Prelude from 1st Lute Suite - J.S. Bach, peformed by Ben Beirs
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