Izzy Fincher is an emerging classical guitarist. Though her expressive style and lyricism, Izzy creates heartfelt interpretations of traditional and modern repertoire, transporting listeners across the centuries.
Izzy has received numerous awards and scholarships. In 2013, she placed 3rd in the Hong Kong International Guitar Competition’s Youth Division. In 2018, she graduated as the valedictorian of William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and received The Gazette’s “Best and Brightest Scholarship.” At the University of Colorado Boulder, she has a full scholarship, thanks to the Daniel and Boyce Sher Colorado Music Scholarship, Diverse Musicians’ Alliance Scholarship, President Joseph A. Sewall Scholarship and Nonie Lann Scholarship.
Izzy’s recent projects include the George Lynn Memorial Award, transcribing the works of an award-winning CU professor; the Virtual Guitar Orchestra, appearing in both “Kaleidokithara” and “Scient, Safe and Sane” by Sergio Assad; and an internship at the Twisted Spruce Music Foundation, working with emerging composers to premiere new music. She is on the board of directors for the Boulder Guitar Society.
As a chamber musician, Izzy collaborates with flautist Erika Gossett in the Ikigai Duo. In 2019, the Ikigai Duo was selected for the CU Boulder’s prestigious honors chamber program, leading to performances at the Boulder Guitar Society, CU Art Museum and CU’s Grusin Hall.
Izzy is currently a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder, majoring in classical guitar performance and journalism with a certificate in music entrepreneurship. Her teacher is Nicolò Spera. She also studies with Adam Holzman privately and at the Brevard Summer Institute. Other mentors include Solo Duo and Nigel North.
Off-stage, Izzy explores other creative passions, including writing, teaching yoga and speaking Mandarin. She is the head arts editor for the CU Independent, regularly writing arts reviews and interviewing local artists. She also enjoys spending time with her dog Ash and listening to podcasts.