WHAT WE're about... 

WHAT WE're about... 

WHAT WE're about... 

Guitar Hamilton is dedicated to showcasing the best of classical guitar on the Hamilton stage. 

We are a non-profit organization and seek to enrich Hamilton's cultural community with the international concert series, a three-day summer festival, and education and outreach events. 

Our concert series features artists from Canada and the world over. In July, the 9th Hamilton Guitar Festival will showcase emerging talent and outstanding established artists

for a three-day celebration of the guitar that includes five spectacular concerts, workshops, masterclasses, over 100 guitar lessons, and a vendor showcase of instruments, sheet music,

and more. Guitar Hamilton sponsors masterclasses and other events throughout the year. 


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emma Rush,

artistic director

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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), the Montreal International Guitar Festival, 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.  The duo toured Alberta, BC, and Yukon Territory in 2018/19.    Rush was featured in the McMichael Gallery’s Group of Seven Guitar Project documentary alongside such notable guitarists as Bruce Cockburn, Jesse Cook, and Don Ross.  Rush completed two residencies in 2018 at the Sointula Art Shed in British Columbia and in Lübeck, Germany through the women’s organization GEDOK.

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.  Rush will be premiering a new work by Amy Brandon at the Music and Sound Computing Conference in Malaga, Spain in May 2019. 

Emma Rush can be heard on the albums Canadiana (2017), Folklórica (2014), and Romanza (2016-  Azuline Duo).  Her latest project, an album of rare 19th century guitar music written by female composers will be released in the fall of 2019.

“Rush’s technique is flawless throughout…”   The Whole Note

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 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.  She is the co-director of the Lonestar Guitar Festival in Texas.

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