Department:

Music

Teaching Focus:

Guitar

Over the past decade, Hamilton’s own Emma Rush has established herself as one of Canada’s preeminent classical guitarists. Known for her innovative programming and powerful stage presence, along with her warm sound and virtuosic technique, an event with Emma Rush is one to remember. She is a compelling and engaging performer, a passionate educator, and a dynamic arts impresario. Emma Rush’s career has commanded world recognition. Highlights of her 2014-15 season include a ten-day, 4-city tour in China, starting with the Altamira Shanghai International Guitar Festival, appearances at guitar festivals including Festival de Guitarras Lagos de Moreno (Mexico), Guitarfest Peru, the Lonestar Guitar Festival (Texas), the opening concert of the ’Women of the Guitar’ Festival (Buffalo, NY), and a prestigious concert at the International Gitarren Symposium, Iserlohn (Germany). Canadian appearances of this season have included concerts in Edmonton, Calgary, Halifax, Moncton, and Winnipeg, along with performances throughout Ontario as both a soloist and a duo and chamber musician.
Rush has been a prize winner at international music competitions (Great Lakes Guitar Festival and Competition, Columbus State International Competition), and was nominated for a Woman of the Year Award for Arts and Culture (Hamilton, YWCA). She is the only artist to have received three City of Hamilton Arts Awards (for the Established Musician category in Music, in Arts Education, and in Arts Administration categories). Rush completed her post-graduate studies at the Hochshule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, following an honours Bachelor of Music degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS.
She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Guitar Hamilton concert series that includes the Hamilton International Guitar Festival. This year, the Festival celebrates its 6-year anniversary. The Festival brings together classical guitar enthusiasts (students and a widespread community) to appreciate world-renowned artists for a 3-day celebration of master classes, musicians/artists-in-concert, guitar makers, and lecturers.
At HCA, Emma Rush focuses on intermediate and advanced students, exam preparation, and preparation for college and university music programs.

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