Mir Ali

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“Ali’s playing can only be described as natural and purely musical. He is a versatile player who breathes a new character into each composition that he performs”

    News India Times

“…stunningly Perfect!”

    Buffalo News

“…mesmerizing and hypnotic, seemingly transporting listeners to a place where time was irrelevant…performed with the deepest artistic conviction and superb technique. Mir Ali was possessed with fingers that never seem to stumble or squeak while negotiating the most intricate passages".

    National Public Radio

“Mir Ali is an exceptional nylon string guitar player”
    Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“…musical, alluring…The CD is a joy!”                               

    San Jose Mercury

“Mir Ali is a peaceful-looking fellow, but plays a mean guitar…a classical guitar master”
The Leaf-Chronicle

“Mir Ali is a compelling musician and an extraordinary guitarist. Filled with passion, color and elegance, his playing is mesmerizing and his guitar creates a sonic world of brilliance and nuance. In addition, his skill as an arranger has given the guitar world fascinating and beautiful chamber music transcriptions that are a wonderful addition to the repertoire

    JoAnn Falletta, Conductor / Artistic Director

    Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra


“Mir is an extremely motivated individual of wide-ranging interests, musical and otherwise. He is professional yet personable in his manner. I have had the opportunity to observe him as a teacher in both masterclass and lecture formats on several occasions. He is a highly motivated and engaging teacher and communicates his ideas clearly and thoughtfully. Through conversations with Mir I also know that he is a dedicated teacher who continues to develop his pedagogical ideas, tailoring them to the needs of the wide range of students he works with.”

    Dr. Stanley Yates, Director of Guitar Studies
    Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN 37044

“Mir is unequivocally outstanding as a guitar instructor. The Williamsville (NY) Central Schools’ Continuing Education Guitar Program flourished under his leadership, as did his guitar program at Christian Central Academy, which served all of Western New York. His Fingerboard Harmony Course for college students is unique and highly successful”
    Dr. Gary Stith, Associate Professor of Music
    Houghton College Houghton, NY 14744

“Mir coached with sensitivity, insight and an irresisitable sense of humor. Outstanding work here”
Fotunato Pezzimenti, Associate Artistic Director
    Irish Classical Theatre Company Buffalo, NY 14203

“As a teacher, Mr. Ali is dedicated, experienced and proven. The veteran of two of the most rigorous teachers in American pedagogical history (Shearer and Pick), Mir’s training is impeccable. He brings to his instructional style a highly refined sense of method and an acute awareness of each student’s needs and goals. He is a great motivator; he attracts students in a way that would be the envy of many”
    Stephen Aron, Professor of Music
    Chair, Guitar Department Oberlin College
    University of Akron, Akron, Ohio 44325

“In the masterclass, Mr. Ali had four students who ranged from intermediate to professional skill levels. He was able to quicly assess an appropriate and effective approach to each student giving assistance on technique, interpretations, ornamentation and rhythm(even complicated Flamenco rhythm, ( including the audience!) He was very supportive and wove a general theme of love for the guitar…he made such an impression on those attending the masterclass that he spent the next day in private lessons from 9:30am to 4:30pm”
David L. Edwards, President Charlottesville Guitar Society
    Earlysville, VA 22936


“Mir Ali is an exceptional nylon string guitar player”
    Acoustic Guitar Magazine