2018 Adjudicators

Emma Rush

Graded Guitar

Emma RushOver 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.

Her 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 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).  North American appearances have included concerts in Edmonton, Calgary, Halifax, Moncton, Winnipeg, Philadelphia (PA), Fort Worth (TX), Lousiville (KY), Guadalajara (MEX).  Rush toured extensively throughout Canada’s Maritime Provinces with Debut Atlantic in 2016-17.  In 2018 she will be in residence at GEDOK in Lübeck for two months researching material for a new programme.

Rush tours regularly with Azuline Duo (with flutist Sara Traficante), appears as soloist with orchestra, and recently performed with Canadian rock legend Rik Emmet and fingerstyle guitar powerhouse Don Ross

In 2017, Emma Rush was included in a line up of all-star Canadian guitarists including Bruce Cockburn and Jesse Cook in the Group of Seven Guitar Project documentary commissioned by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Rush is on faculty at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario and is in demand as a guest lecturer at schools and music festivals worldwide.  She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Guitar Hamilton concert series and summer festival.