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Emma Rush

Classical, Folk

Emma Rush

May 23, 2020

Over the past decade, 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 captivated the audience with her charm, wit and technical prowess” Frankenpost, Germany Emma Rush’s career has commanded world recognition. Recent touring highlights include a four-city tour in China, starting with the Altamira Shanghai International Guitar Festival, appearances at major guitar festivals including Festival de Guitarras Lagos de Moreno (Mexico), the Nyköping Gitaarseminarium (Sweden), and a prestigious concert at the Internationales Gitarren Symposion, Iserlohn (Germany). She tours throughout North America and in 2016-17 toured extensively in Eastern Canada as a Debut Atlantic artist. She performs regularly as Azuline Duo with flutist Sara Traficante and in 2018-19 the duo toured throughout Western Canada in the Yukon, BC, and Alberta. Rush recently appeared in the McMichael Gallery’s Group of Seven Guitar Project documentary alongside such notable guitarists as Bruce Cockburn, Jesse Cook, and Don Ross. In 2018 Rush completed two residencies to both create and research at the Sointula Art Shed in British Columbia and in Lübeck, Germany. Rush is an award-winning artist and in addition to being a prizewinner at the Columbus International Guitar Competition and the Great Lakes Guitar Competition, she has received three City of Hamilton Arts Awards, and has had her work supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Hamilton City Enrichment Fund, and FACTOR. Composers are eager for Emma Rush to perform their music and she has had works dedicated to her by the Canadian composers William Beauvais, Amy Brandon, and Timothy Phelan and the Mexican composer Winy Kellner. Emma Rush can be heard on the albums Canadiana (2017), Folklórica (2014), and Romanza (2016- Azuline Duo). “Rush’s technique is flawless throughout...” The Whole Note Rush completed her graduate studies at the Hochshule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, following an honours Bachelor of Music degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. She holds faculty appointments at Mohawk College and Redeemer University College in Hamilton. She has been a guest lecturer at colleges and universities throughout North America and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University in the fall of 2016. Rush is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Guitar Hamilton concert series that includes the Hamilton International Guitar Festival. She is the co-director of the Lonestar Guitar Festival in Texas and a founder and director of the Collegiate Peaks Guitar Retreat in Colorado.