The Taft School Music for a While Concert Series continues Friday, March 2 with a performance by classical guitarist Patrick Kearney. The concert begins at 7 pm in Walker Hall, 50 DeForest Street, Watertown, CT on the Taft School campus. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.
Widely renowned and highly regarded, Patrick Kearney consistently spellbinds audiences with his deep musical insight and natural dramatic flair, interspersing his performances with narration and anecdotes discovered through deliberate research into the guitar repertoire.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Kearney discovered the classical guitar as a child. After winning his first national competition in Canada at the age of ten, he continued his studies, first under Daniel Boyer and then with Jacques Joubert at Vanier College. Convinced that music was his true calling, Patrick went on to complete his Superior Diploma in Performance at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, where he received the highest honours under the direction of Rafaël Andia and Alberto Ponce.
Kearney began his professional career as an international competitor and touring artist after returning from France in 1993, winning top prizes in several international competitions. He has performed in concert and conducted master classes on numerous tours throughout Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Canada. He has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Orchestre Philharmonique de l'Îsle, the Shenandoah University Orchestra, Montreal's I Musici, and the Ensemble Appassionata. In 1997 he completes his Master's Degree under the guidance of Peter McCutcheon.
Kearney has released four guitar albums: Bouquet (1997); Stringendo (2002), which is a tribute to contemporary Montreal-related composers and was nominated for the prestigious OPUS Prize; the powerful Diabolico (2004), in which the listener follows a musical timeline between ambitious youth and understated maturity; and recently the acclaimed Impressions (2009), featuring the works of M.M.Ponce, on the ATMA classique label. He currently teaches guitar at Concordia University in Montreal, and at Vanier College. He is the founder and director of the Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition.