I am grateful for my youthful experience as a rock guitarist. In fact, it was the Symphonic Rock of the 1960s/1970s – along with the awesome collection of Chopin LPs belonging to my buddy’s mom – that initially sparked my interest in contemporary, classical, romantic, baroque and renaissance guitar music (and their period reproduction instruments). Professor Eli Kassner was my principal classical guitar instructor.
I love to explore the vast world of guitar music: its many styles, techniques, personas and contexts. And, like most adventures, it's more fun to go with friends! I am privileged to lead this musical quest in the company of my wonderfully enthusiastic guitar students from our base camp at Laurier.
When not off on these musical voyages, I maintain a busy performing career playing chamber and solo concerts; CD, theatre and television recording; and arranging and composing.
I have found myself very interested in getting to know each student’s musical personality and exploring their inherent expressive potential. In facilitating their ambitions and promoting their individual development, I try to cultivate a collaborative approach to skill- and repertoire-building. This fosters an unfolding sense of self-reliance, independence and personal insight in each student.