Praised by Soundboard magazine for his lyrical playing and remarkable counterpoint, Steve Kostelnik has been a professional guitarist for more than 20 years. He has won top honors at several important competitions including the Naxos Prize at the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition, First Prize at the Music Teachers National Association Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition, and First Prize at the Southwest Festival Guitar Competition. His highly acclaimed debut recording Steve Kostelnik Guitar Recital was released on the Naxos label in 1999. Dr. Kostelnik earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Southwest Texas State University, and the degrees of Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Adam Holzman. Dr. Kostelnik is professor of guitar at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and maintains a thriving private studio in Austin, Texas. During this past year, Dr. Kostelnik’s students earned top honors in several national and international competitions. Dr. Kostelnik continues to collaborate with local arts organizations including the Austin Classical Guitar Society, Chamber Music Center of Austin,Texas Choral Consort, and independent musicians. He performs benefit concerts on behalf of charitable organizations and conducts educational outreach to targeted audiences, particularly retirees and young people.