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Over the course of a twenty-five year career, Jeffrey McFadden has established a place among the most admired guitarists of his generation. Concert engagements have taken him throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. His debut was at the last Toronto guitar festival ‘Guitar ’87,’ and he has since performed across North and South America, and Europe including at the Guitar Foundation of America Convention, the National Flute Association (USA) Convention, the Festival Mediterraneo della Chitarra, GuitarFest Sevilla and many other events.
In 1992, Jeffrey McFadden was awarded a Silver Medal in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition and was a prize-winner in the 1993 Great Lakes Guitar Competition. His debut recording was the first in the Laureate Series on Naxos, and has sold in the tens of thousands of copies. He has recorded eight highly acclaimed CDs since then, featuring the works of Fernando Sor, Napoléon Coste, Agustin Barrios, and most recently, Mauro Giuliani’s arrangements for guitar duo of famous Rossini overtures (with guitarist Michael Kolk).
Jeffrey McFadden is the first ever graduate of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program at the University of Toronto studying under Norbert Kraft. An Eaton Fellow, he completed his dissertation in 2010. It forms the basis of his groundbreaking book, Fretboard Harmony: Common-Practice Harmony on the Guitar, published in 2010 by Les Productions d’Oz.
McFadden is Head of Guitar Studies and Associate Professor, Teachign Stream, in the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. A highly sought-after pedagogue and clinician, his students have garnered numerous Canadian and International awards and scholarships. He has worked with students in major University music program in Canada and the USA as well as at his annual masterclass in Spain. He is a prolific arranger and has for many years curated the Royal Conservatory of Music Guitar Series with his colleague Robert Hamilton.
Jeffrey McFadden was the recipient of the 2012 City of Hamilton Arts Award for Music and is the founder and artistic director of the Sauble Beach Guitar Festival.