Brett Gunther

Classical guitarist Brett Gunther has been performing for over 25 years. Brett studied with Ralph Maier at Mount Royal University graduating in 2007 with a Diploma in Music Performance. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2010, and his Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance in 2012 both from the University of Calgary.

He has performed in masterclasses for many internationally famous guitarists, and has competed in major competitions including the North West Guitar Festival and Competition winning 3rd Place in 2009, and 2nd Place in 2010.

Brett has been serving on the board of governors for the Classical Guitar Society of Calgary as the artistic director since June 2010, and director for the Classical GuitarFest West guitar festival since 2015. He is currently on the faculty at Mount Royal University Conservatory teaching private lessons as well as ensemble classes for the Academy program.  Brett is in high demand as an adjudicator for festivals across Canada, and has recently become an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Brett's debut CD, Guitar Music, released in 2012, examines the music of some of the most significant composers for the guitar in the 20th century. Included are works by Rodrigo, Britten, Barrios, Brouwer, Tarrega, Domeniconi, and Moller.  His most recent release, An Idea (2017), explores selections of some of his favorite composers from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries featuring works by Schubert, Mertz, Legnani, Moreno-Torroba, Bach, Brouwer, and Giuliani.

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Sep23

Ben Lahring’s new solo guitar album Driftwood will be available everywhere Friday September 23, 2022. Recorded ten years after his first album, Driftwood has been described by vivascene.com as “a work of originality and shimmering beauty”. Ben will be hosting a CD release concert at Asylum for Art on Sept 23, performing a selection of music from both of his albums and sharing the stories behind some of the tracks. Ben will be joined by Brett Gunther to perform an opening set