Guitar Hour with Leon Atkinson
11am - 12pm
Classical guitarist Leon Atkinson joins Verne Windham in the KPBX studio for an hour of live and recorded music.
Career Highlights for Leon Atkinson
Leon attended The High School of Performing Arts in New York City. There he met and performed with poet Langston Hughes. While at the School of Performing Arts, he played regularly at Greenwich Village coffee houses. Leon went on to study with Andres Segovia and attend the Manhattan School of Music. He holds degrees from The School of Performing Arts and The International Course of Music, Santiago de Campostela, Spain. Leon's musical journey has taken him around the world allowing him to share the stage with the likes of Ron Carter, Mary Lou Williams and The Alvin Ailey Ballet to name a few. In 1974 he debuted at Town Hall and the following year he played Carnegie Hall.
Leon currently heads the guitar program at Eastern Washington University. For over three decades Leon Atkinson has shared his gift and inspired countless players with his love for the guitar.
During Leon's summer sabbaticals, enjoy Classical Guitar Alive in place of the Guitar Hour.