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 is a compelling and engaging performer, a passionate educator, and a dynamic arts impresario.
Emma Rush’s career has commanded world recognition. Recent touring highlights include a ten-day, 4-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 Lonestar Guitar Festival (Texas), Great Lakes Guitar Festival (Buffalo), and a prestigious concert at the Internationales Gitarren Symposion, Iserlohn (Germany). Canadian appearances have included concerts in Edmonton, Calgary, Halifax, Moncton, and Winnipeg, along with performances throughout Ontario as both a soloist and chamber musician. In 2016 Rush as a featured Debut Atlantic artist and toured throughout Canada’s Maritime Provinces.
Rush has been a prize winner at international music competitions (Great Lakes Guitar Festival and Competition, Columbus State International Competition), and was nominated for a Woman of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture (Hamilton, YWCA). She is the only artist to have received three City of Hamilton Arts Awards (as Established Artist in Music, in Arts Education, Arts Administration categories).
Folklórica, Rush’s much-anticipated debut CD, was released in the fall of 2014. The CD showcases a global classical guitar repertoire that draws inspiration from folk legend and traditional music harmonies; programmatic selections that evoke culturally diverse narratives.
Canadiana was released in 2017 and features the music of iconic Canadian songwriters arranged for solo guitar by Floyd Turner, and a new piece by Canadian composer William Beauvais dedicated to Rush.
Rush completed her graduate studies at the Hochshule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, following an honors Bachelor of Music degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. She holds faculty appointments at Mohawk College and Redeemer University College in Hamilton, and is an Artist-in-Residence at Dalhousie University in the fall of 2016.
Rush is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Guitar Hamilton concert series that includes the Hamilton International Guitar Festival.