Adam Kossler

Visiting Professor of Music

Adam Kossler is an active solo performing artist, chamber musician and educator.

  • DMA, string performance, Florida State University
  • MM, string performance, Appalachian State University
  • BM, string performance, East Carolina University


Adam Kossler


"Virtuoso technique, beautiful sound and a sincere musicality" are terms music critics are using to describe American guitarist Adam Kossler. In addition to performing regularly as a solo artist, Adam joins his father William and brother John in both duo and trio concerts.

Adam Kossler is a top prizewinner in a number of national and international guitar competitions including the Boston Guitarfest, Columbus Guitar Symposium, East Carolina Guitar Competition, MANC Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Music Teacher National Association Competition and the Appalachian Guitarfest Competition. Kossler's international performance career has taken him throughout the US, Canada and Central America. He has been a featured artist with numerous concert series including the John E. Marlow Guitar Series (Bethesda, MD), Isle Newell Concert Series (Appalachicola, FL), and the Seven Hills Guitar Series (Tallahassee, FL) among many others. In 2015, his Marlow Guitar Series performance was aired in it's entirety on Classical WETA's weekly program, "Front Row Washington". Recently he performed at Carnegie Hall, premiering new works by Chilean composer, Javier Farias. 

In addition to his performance career, Kossler is also in demand as a teacher and clinician. Recent engagements include The Denver Guitar Summit (Denver, CO), Festival Internacional Suzuki (Guatemala City, Guatemala), University of Alaska Guitar Festival (Anchorage, AK) Rantucci Guitar Festival (Buffalo, NY), and in 2015, Kossler was the featured Artist in Residence for Utah Classical Guitar (Salt Lake City, UT).

In 2014, Kossler released his first solo recording, Guitar Recital. The album was received with enthusiasm by critics and audiences and was featured Tom Cole's show, "The G String" on WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington D.C. In 2015 Kossler released his second solo record. Ekloge, an album of 20th-century music, includes works by Joaquin Rodrigo, Manuel Maria Ponce and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, as well as his own new transcriptions of music by Jean Sibelius.
Adam Kossler began his musical studies with his father William Kossler. He went on to earn his BM degree at East Carolina University with Dr. Elliot Frank, his MM degree at Appalachian State University as a teaching assistant to Dr. Douglas James, and completed a DMA in Guitar Performance at Florida State University where he served as a teaching assistant to Bruce Holzman. Kossler currently directs the guitar program at Stetson University in Deland, FL.

More About Adam Kossler

Areas of Expertise

  • Classical Guitar Performance
  • 19th-century Guitar Repertoire
  • Music Education and Pedagogy 

Course Sampling

  • Applied Lessons, Guitar
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Guitar Seminar
  • Music Theory II
  • Jazz and 20th Century American Music

  • New music
  • Guitar pedagogy
  • Music education

  • Wolf, Hugo. Aus der Kinderzeit "Schlummerlied". Arranged for solo guitar by Adam
    Kossler. Decatur, IL: Guitar Chamber Music Press, 2017.
  • Scarlatti, Dominico. Four Sonatas. Arranged for solo guitar by Adam Kossler. Decatur,
    IL: Guitar Chamber Music Press, 2018.
  • Haydn, Joseph. Symphony no. 94. Arranged for guitar duo by Kossler Duo. Decatur, IL:
    Guitar Chamber Music Press, 2019.
  • Saint Saens, Camille. Danse Macabre. Arranged for guitar duo by Adam Kossler.
    Decatur, IL: Guitar Chamber Music Press, 2019.