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About Alain Selhorst


I was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1963 and started playing the guitar when I was about 10 years old, after having played the mandolin for a number of years. I still have, as many guitarists do I suppose, my first guitar. I remember practicing a lot, until around the age of 15 the first Personal computers appeared on the market and suddenly my passion for music turned into a passion for IT. The last piece I studied at that time was Cavatina, after having watched a movie (called the deer hunter) that had this beautiful piece of music as its main theme. I decided to become an IT engineer. Many years passed, and I only occasionally played the guitar, as I was very busy. Even though the computer industry allowed me to be creative as a developer, it could never compensate for the beauty of music in general, and guitar music in particular. Therefore I decided to quit the IT business and restarted studying the guitar, and so I graduated again after several years of intensive guitar study. I also started composing for our beloved instrument, which resulted in a first CD. Writing programs for computers turned into writing music for the soul, and I often feel that bytes became notes...  I have meanwhile published 7 music books, most of them via Metropolis belgium. I sometimes play with other musicians as well (duo, quartet...).


Besides playing the guitar and writing music, I love taking pictures of people, animals and nature. I also like miniature N scaled dioramas. And obviously I love art in all its aspects, whenever it is there to please, to protest, or to reveal the worst and best about society and mankind. Looking for beauty and sharing it with others allows me to balance my life and give some meaning to our short existence. I hope my music can give joy to other players and listeners.  

East meets West

I have spent a lot of time in Japan, living and travelling there. The country and its particular culture has influenced me a lot. I consider it to be a second home, a never-ending source of inspiration. An intense experience, very hot at times, certainly in summer or when entering a 43 degrees Celsius - near to boiling according to my skin - hot spring.


Carpe diem. Don't worry too much about tomorrow, but enjoy this very moment of life. Tomorrow could or could not be another day. The past has shaped us to whom we are today. Don't become a slave of materialism. Less is more. Enjoy good company and friends to share music, conversations, drinks and good wine. Live your own life. Don't be lived or follow someone else's standards, and always respect the others. Be broad minded, do not give in to fanatical thinking. And finally, share the beauty of the guitar (or any other instrument for that matter).


This is the only picture I have while playing the mandoline on stage. I must have been around 9-10 years old when this picture was taken. I'm the one sitting in the middle.

Me playing the classical guitar on stage during a school event. It was a Cimar "by Ibanez". I currently play on a P.C. guitar from Masaki Sakurai.

Picture taken by Vic Pooters