Guitar Program chair Stig Mathisen with Kaiwen (Kai) Zhang

Guitar Program chair Stig Mathisen with Kaiwen (Kai) Zhang

The first-ever Frank Gambale Guitar Scholarship (named in honor of the world-class guitarist, successful independent artist and MI alumnus), has been awarded to MI Guitar Program student: Kaiwen (Kai) Zhang. The Singapore native enters Musicians Institute with 9 years of experience playing and performing in Blues and contemporary Jazz styles.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Kai states, “I hope to learn as much as I can from all the world-class instructors here and be proficient as a guitarist in all kinds of music settings. I chose MI because it’s every guitarist’s dream to come here! I get to learn from the best and soak in the excellent music environment!”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goals of being able to “be a session and touring musician playing for great acts in many kinds of settings. Eventually, I want to write and produce my own music and for other artists as well.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Kai to the Guitar Program at MI, and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to MI’s Alumni community and our longtime industry partner, Carvin Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Kai with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about Carvin Guitars and their full line of  amps, basses and audio gear click HERE.

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