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Garry Antonio Guitar Festival

THE 2013 FESTIVAL EDITION IS CANCELLED. We're sorry for any inconvenience that this may create.

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Welcome! We invite you to participate in this, the third year of the Garry Antonio Guitar Festival.

A native of Winnipeg, Garry Antonio began his studies in classical guitar at the University of Manitoba. In 1976, attracted by the reputation of McGill University, he moved to Montreal, where he studied with Alvaro Pierri and received both his Bachelor and Master of Music in Performance. He later earned his Doctorate of Music in Performance at Université de Montréal, where his teachers were guitarist Peter McCutcheon and conductor Lorraine Vaillancourt.

A specialist in twentieth century music, Garry Antonio promotes contemporary Canadian composers, many of whom have written especially for him. He premiered Modulos III by avant-garde composer alcides lanza and recorded two works by Canadian composer Wolfgang Bottenberg, Variations for Guitar and Piano with Mariko Sato and Valse melancholique for two guitars with Roddy Elias, on the XXI-21 label.

He has appeared as a soloist in Canada and the U.S., and has been heard as a featured soloist on both Radio-Canada and the CBC. He has also performed as a chamber musician with the Canadian Guitar Quartet, tenor Guillermo Silva-Marin, actress-singer Meg Sheppard, and the Viva Voce vocal ensemble under the direction of Peter Schubert.

He has written solo and chamber music for guitar, and chamber works for other instruments. His Three Sketches for Guitar and Viola were premiered recently by Duo Alturas at the Simsbury Chamber Music Festival, near Hartford, Connecticut.

Garry Antonio leads a very active teaching career, coaching performance students and chamber musicians, and is frequently invited to adjudicate competitions and festivals. He is on staff at the McGill Conservatory, the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and the Cégep régional de Lanaudière à Joliette. Many of his students have achieved professional success as performers and as teachers at colleges and universities in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.


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