Simon Farintosh

Guitar

Simon Farintosh is a guitarist, composer, arranger, teacher, and award-winning performer from the west coast of Canada. He is known for his unconventional programming choices, connecting with audiences by integrating the classical guitar with contemporary forms such as popular music and jazz. He began his guitar studies in 2004 at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Stephen Lochbaum, Bradford Werner, and esteemed Romero protege Dr. Alexander Dunn. Simon continued to study with Dr. Dunn at the University of Victoria, where he earned his Bachelor of Music Degree, and later completed a Master's Degree at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he was a student and teaching assistant to Rene Izquierdo, a renowned Cuban virtuoso. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto, where he is a student of Dr. Jeffrey McFadden. Simon's performances have garnered him top awards in competitions such as the Northwest Guitar Festival, the National Music Festival of Canada, and the Quebec International Music Competition, and he has been a finalist in worldwide virtual competitions such as the GuitarLab International Competition. He is a six-time recipient of the British Columbia Arts Council Award, and has been a featured artist for organizations such as the VCM Summer Guitar Academy (BC), The Classical Guitar Society of Tri-Cities (WA) and Madison Classical Guitar Society (WI). Simon maintains a busy teaching schedule, and his students have achieved the highest honours in regional competitions and RCM exams.

Simon Farintosh