Dr. Brent Crawford is quickly establishing himself among the important Canadian guitarists of his generation. Winner at the Domaine Forget International Guitar Competition, the Montreal International Guitar Competition, the Great Lakes International Guitar Competition, the inaugural Hamilton International Guitar Competition, and the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals' National Music Competition, his career has included performances at the Mediterranean Guitar Festival in Cervo, Italy, the Sauble Beach Guitar Festival, the TEDx talk in Algonquin Park, as a featured soloist with the University of Toronto Guitar Orchestra, and an on-stage role in the UTSO’s production of the Donizetti opera Don Pasquale.
Brent is a recent graduate of the Doctor of Musical Arts program (2018) from the University of Toronto. His doctoral research was dedicated to promoting performance excellence for classical guitarists. Specifically, his research focused on adopting methods and techniques from athletics to form a more rounded, multifaceted approach to performance preparation for guitarists.
Born and raised in Toronto, Brent started playing guitar at age 8, studying under Richard Summers at the Toronto Guitar Institute. He then continued his musical education with Robert Kubica at the University of Western Ontario and finished his studies with extensive work under the tutelage of Dr. Jeffrey McFadden at the University of Toronto. Brent maintains a busy teaching schedule with a private studio, is active as both a soloist and a chamber musician and finds opportunity for community outreach in the Greater Toronto Area.
Brent performs on a 2009 guitar by Paulino Bernabé.