“The highlight of the show was Benavi’s thrilling execution of three virtuosic pieces by Bach, Aguado and Asencio…the audience members knew they were witnessing something special.” - The Fayette County Record
Aytahn Benavi, born in Austin, Texas in 2001, is one of the eminent young guitarists in America. Aytahn began his studies with the Childbloom guitar program, under Chris Stone and founder Kevin Tayor. At age 12, he also began studying with Joseph V. Williams, and Adam Holzman. Currently Aytahn is working on his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas under professor Holzman.
Aytahn has won numerous first prizes in 18 and under competitions throughout the United States, including the CSU Guitar Symposium and Competition, Boston GuitarFest academy competition, Texas Guitar Competition and Festival, Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition, and James Stroud International Classical Guitar Competition. He is a three-time laureate of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Competition. Success has also come to Aytahn in open division competitions, with prizes won at the Houston Classical Guitar Festival, CSU Guitar Symposium and Competition, and Ex-Aequo International Classical Guitar Competition.
Aytahn has also been a part of some unique musical experiences. In 2017, he performed on the 340th episode of the NPR radio show From The Top, featuring the music of composers of Jewish heritage. In 2018, Aytahn premiered The Joyful Island, an original piece written for him by Italian composer and musicologist Angelo Gilardino.
Aytahn’s guitar was built by Glenn Canin.