Alan Byrne began playing guitar at the age of eight. He started by learning folk songs from his father who is also a musician. He then went on to study blues and rock music with Tony Lee in Ballyfermot College. Alan became interested in Classical guitar after attending a recital in Barcelona, Spain. He then decided to focus mainly on nylon string guitar playing and pursue a career in music.
Alan graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical guitar performance. There he studied under the tuition of Dr John Feely, Alan Grundy and Leslie Cassidy. At the Conservatory he participated in master classes with Paul Gergory, Raymond Burnley and the Vanbrugh Quartet. During his time there he completed modules in the philosophy and psychology of Music Education, Teaching Methods and wrote his dissertation on Performance Anxiety specific to solo guitar playing.
Alan holds a residency in Suesey St on Fitzwilliam Place and in The Dalkey Duck in Dalkey. As part of the Irish folk group ‘Mo Hat Mo Gheansaí’ Alan was sponsored by British Airways to tour Zambia in 2013 to celebrate Saint Patrick’s week.
Alan has over 7 years teaching experience and has achieved a high standard of results with his students through certified exam syllabuses.