Faculty

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Daniel Bolshoy is committed to bringing the guitar to the attention of audiences everywhere. He is regularly praised for his friendly and informative spoken introductions, and progressive programming of solo and chamber music. His concert tours take him from prestigious international concert stages to remote villages and house-concerts. He is committed to bringing the passion and excitements of playing guitar to anyone who wishes to learn, both amateur and professional, and any age.

Mr. Bolshoy has performed as a soloist with many orchestras internationally and across Canada, including: the Mexico City Philharmonic, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Beer Sheva Symphony (Israel), Volgograd Symphony Orchestra (Russia), New Mexico Symphony (United States), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony, Vancouver Philharmonic, Vancouver Island Symphony, Peterborough Symphony, Huntsville Festival Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, Symphony of the Kootenays, Oakville Symphony, Etobicoke Philharmonic, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra. This season he performs with the Kingston Symphony, the Canada West Chamber Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

Daniel Bolshoy has performed for many prestigious festivals including, Guitar-Gems (Israel), Tabula Rasa (Russia), the Abbey Bach (United Stated), the International Music Festival in Macao, GuitarfestWest (Calgary), Halifax Guitar Festival, Music and Beyond (Ottawa), Indian River Music Festival, Guelph Spring Festival, Elora music Festival, Westben Arts Festival, Festival des arts Bore-Art, Ottawa and Vancouver International Chamber Music Festivals and many more. He has toured under the auspices of Prairie Debut, Debut Atlantic, Jeunesses Musicales du Canada and Musique Royale; and has performed for the Debut Series in Montreal and Vancouver and for the CBC/NAC Debut series in Ottawa. Concerts in the United States include a tour for Live on Stage and numerous appearances at music festivals and universities.

Among recent orchestral appearances are concertos by Rodrigo, Ponce, Kernis, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco with international orchestras: The Mexico City Philharmonic, the Toronto Philharmonia, the Edmonton Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, The Kamloops Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, the Vancouver Philharmonic, the Peterborough Symphony, the Huntsville festival, the Red Deer Symphony, the Symphony of the Kootenays, the Oakville Symphony the Etobicoke Philharmonic, the Beer Sheva Symphoniette (Israel), the Manitoba and Ottawa Chamber Orchestras. He has been invited to the jury of the Tabula Rasa Guitar Competition as well as concerto soloist in Ponce’s Concierto del Sur in an upcoming tour of Russia.

Daniel Bolshoy appears on seven commercial CD recordings: Resonance, España(Boldan Music), McGillicuddy’s Rant (Centaur Classics), and as guest artist on Isabel Bayrakdarian’s latest album Tango Notturno (CBC Records), Marc Hervieux’s A Napoli(ATMA) and with Pinchas Zukerman and members of the NAC in a special CD to benefit the homelessness in Vancouver. His most recent solo CD Soñando Caminos(ATMA) is devoted to the works of Spanish composer Eduardo Sainz de la Maza. His recitals are frequently broadcast on CBC Radio, and he has also appeared in two documentary films for the Bravo! (TV) series entitled The Classical Now.

Daniel Bolshoy has been invited to participate as a jury member in several international music competitions, including the Guitar-Gems festival in Israel, the Tabula Rasa festival in Russia, and the National Finals of the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals.

Mr. Bolshoy is the head of the guitar division at the University of British Columbia School of Music. He is also the head of the guitar department at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music where he gladly welcomes everyone. His students have won awards in competitions, and scholarships to leading Universities and Conservatories, including the top two awards in the Canadian Music Festival competitions, in 2008 and 2009.

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Over the course of a twenty-five year career, Jeffrey McFadden has established a place among the most admired guitarists of his generation. Concert engagements have taken him throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. He has been a featured performer at many international music festivals, including Guitar ’87, the Guitar Foundation of America Convention, Gitarren-Symposium Iserlohn, the National Flute Association (USA) Convention, the Festival Mediterraneo della Chitarra, GuitarFest Sevilla and many others.

In 1992, Jeffrey McFadden was awarded a Silver Medal in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition and was a prize-winner in the 1993 Great Lakes Guitar Competition. His debut recording was the first in the Laureate Series on Naxos, and has sold in the tens of thousands of copies. He has recorded eight highly acclaimed CDs since then, featuring the works of Fernando Sor, Napoléon Coste, Agustin Barrios, J.S. Bach and others.

Jeffrey McFadden is the first ever graduate of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program at the University of Toronto. An Eaton Fellow, he completed his dissertation in 2010. It forms the basis of his groundbreaking book, Fretboard Harmony: Common-Practice Harmony on the Guitar, published in 2010 by Les Productions d’Oz.

McFadden was the recipient of the 2012 City of Hamilton Arts Award for Music. He is the founder and artistic director of the Sauble Beach Guitar Festival, and Head of Guitar Studies and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. His students have garnered numerous awards and scholarships.

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Murray Visscher has performed a wide variety of music for audiences in Canada and the United States. Although his formal education is primarily in Classical music, his diverse background has put him on stage with jazz performers such as Ian MacDougall and Juno award winner Hugh Fraser.  Notable performances include the premier live radio broadcast of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, an event that featured American guitarist David Tanenbaum as soloist. 
                                                                                                          Murray performs frequently with colleagues Ralph Maier and Brad Mahon as “The Oberon Guitar Trio”.  In 2009 the trio released their debut cd entitled “Music of Our Time”  and since then numerous works have been written for and dedicated to the group. In 2010 Murray released his first solo recording,“The Early Romantic Guitar” (Titania) featuring some of the less familiar works of the 19th century performed on a replica of an instrument from the period. Daniel Bolshoy describes the recording as “…a valuable resource for guitar lovers and students….”.

                                                                                                          In 2011 Murray established the summer festival ‘Classical GuitarfestWest’ and directed the program for 5 seasons.  GuitarfestWest occurs annually at Calgary’s Mount Royal University Conservatory, where Murray teaches and coordinates guitar studies for the Conservatory’s “Academy for Gifted  Youth”. He adjudicates frequently at festivals and competitions throughout Western Canada and has served on the editing team for the Royal Conservatory of Music’s guitar series “Bridges”. 

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Rita Deane received her Masters Degree in Music from the University of Victoria, and studied abroad in Cordoba, Spain as well as at the International Music Academy in Salzburg, Austria.

While completing her Masters degree, she joined the guitar faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Rita has served as an examiner and as an adjudicator at various festivals, including the Northwest Guitar Festival. She has performed as a soloist and in ensemble with vocalists Noémi Kiss, Allison Girvan, Kathleen Neudorf, the Cottonwood Singers, and the Kokanee String Quartet.

Rita lives in Nelson, where she teaches both classical guitar and piano.

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Luis Angel Medina Rodriguez was born in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico, and began his formal studies in music theory and ear training at the age of thirteen. He attended the atelierof the University of Guadalajara where he found his love for music. He competed in a school competition and went to state level where he received a placement among the first three rankings in Tapalpa, Jalisco. After finishing a year anda half of the certificate, he enrolled in the three-year diploma program ofmusic at the age of 15. Luis aspires to be a great performer and orchestral conductor.

Currently, he continues his studies in the Bachelor of Music program at UBC.  Also, he is currently learning conducting, and volunteering at A Little Music Night Orchestra as lead percussionist. Luis is passionate about teaching and aims to inspire others by sharing his love for music and the benefits of music in life.

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Alec Pearson enjoys a budding career in Vancouver and has performed both solo and in ensemble across Canada, as well as abroad. He is committed to bringing the magic of the guitar and its repertoire alive everywhere he goes through performing, teaching and volunteer work.

Recently, Mr. Pearson received a diploma with title “Máster en Interpretación de Guitarra Clasica” from the Universitat d’Alacant in Alicante, Spain, where he gave recitals and received instruction from some of the most renowned virtuosi in the world including; David Russell, Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco. Paul O’dette, Roberto Aussell and Fabio Zanon.

Prior to studying abroad, he earned a fulfilling education as a proud Canadian studying across his home country. In 2014 he received his “Master in Guitar” diploma from the University of British Columbia, where studied under renowned Canadian guitarist Daniel Bolshoy, thanks in-part to a scholarship awarded to him by the university. In 2012 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal where he also studied composition and requented performing in the city. In his youth, Mr. Pearson was an active member of the Classical Guitar Society of Calgary where he often taught, performed and participated in master classes from artists such as Benjamin Verdery, Jérôme Ducharme and Xuefei Yang, among others.

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Stephanie Judy is a musician, music educator and member of the Symphony of the Kootenays. She has completed Suzuki Teacher Training levels 1 to 8 as well as fundamentals of Dalcroze eurythmics, and has developed a unique system for teaching effective sight reading. She is also the author of Making Music for the Joy of It (Tarcher Press, 1990). Stephanie teaches Suzuki violin and viola in Nelson and Kaslo.  

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David Stewart has had a 50-year career as a professional actor, singer, and instrumental musician. Serious classical guitar study began in the 1990s when it became obvious that there was a need for a teacher in the West Kootenays. Mr. Stewart has taken Suzuki Guitar teacher training up to level 5 and continues to study at summer workshops and festivals. His teachers have included Andrea Cannon, Alan Rinehart, Daniel Bolshoy, Marc Teicholz, and William Beauvais. In addition, he has organized master classes and workshops for his own students when visiting guitarists come to perform for the Kaslo Concert Society. David Stewart maintains a studio in Kaslo BC, where one per cent of the population plays classical guitar.

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