My career has been characterized by premiering and promoting new works for the guitar and working to help advanced musicians manage their experience of music performance anxiety, or stage fright, the topic of my doctoral dissertation at the University of Toronto. I was recently appointed as a guitar instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Music as of September 2020.
As a performer, I’ve given concerts in Vienna, Austria, Italy, and various locations across Canada, the United States, and Japan, and have shared the stage with countless world-renowned musicians, including Vittorio and Duccio Ceccanti, Gary Kulesha, Kristina Szabo, Raphael Weinroth-Browne, and many others. I have premiered new works by dozens of guitar composers, including Raphael Weinroth-Browne, John Armstrong, Cristian Spataru, and Daniel Mehdizadeh, and have also studied with some of the world’s greatest teachers, including Lorenzo Micheli, Bruce Holzman, Jeffrey McFadden, and Patrick Roux. Some of my favourite experiences include premiering Raphael Weinroth-Browne's Catharsis for solo guitar, and performing in Vienna, Austria at the Alte Schmiede Kunstverein, where I premiered several new works for guitar and marimba with Naoko Tsujita in 2018. As a soloist, I’ve placed second in the National Music Competition in 2016 as well as the Canadian Music Competition, and have placed as a finalist at both the Hamilton and Montreal International Guitar Competitions.
My students have won first prize in the OMFA provincial music competition, have entered schools such as the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa, and have placed first in multiple local competitions across Ontario.
My current research compares strategies from the classical guitar literature and the cognitive-behavioural psychology literature for managing music performance anxiety in guitarists. I am also completing an album funded by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council in 2021 featuring several premieres of works by Canadian-based composers on the seven-string classical guitar. I have a special interest in contemporary guitar music, and perform regularly with marimbist Naoko Tsujita in the “Rosewood Duo”. We are also premiering a new work by Daniel Mehdizadeh in 2022, commissioned by the Toronto Guitar Society, which we will premiere at the 21st Century Guitar Conference in Indiana.
I first joined Laurier during September 2020, where I became one of the youngest instructors at the faculty of music at the age of 28. I was deeply impressed by the level of camaraderie among the faculty and students, who seem to truly support each other and celebrate each other’s successes. Laurier is a very special school which encourages creativity and respect for student’s goals and objectives. I am very honoured to be a part of this long-standing tradition at the Faculty of Music.
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