Tariq Harb

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Winner of both the First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Barrios WorldWideWeb Competition, First-Prize winner in the Montréal International Classical Guitar Competition, and Second-Prize winner in the Tokyo 55th International Classical Guitar Competition, Tariq Harb is quickly establishing himself as one of the foremost classical guitarists of his generation. His playing has been described as “effortless and thoughtful… a must see guitarist!” (Dr. Garry Antonio); “exceptional musicianship and technical accuracy.” (Dr. Alexander Dunn). Recently, Harb has been chosen as one of CBC Radio’s NEXT! 2013 artists, where he was celebrated as “Canada’s next classical guitar superstar” and was showcased performing live at the Glenn Gould studios in Toronto, Canada.

Harb’s past appearances at music festivals and guitar series events in North America, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia, are highlighted by performances in prestigious halls such as the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in Montréal, Canada, the 2000 year-old Roman Amphitheatre in Jerash, Jordan, the Bunka Kaikan concert hall in Tokyo, Japan, the world-famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and most recently, Harb performed at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre as part of the TEDGlobal 2013 event held in Edinburgh, UK.

Born in Jordan to parents of Palestinian origin, Harb moved to Canada to commence university studies. He studied both the violin and the guitar with classical guitarists Roddy Elias, Patrick Kearney, Jerome Ducharme, Dr. Garry Antonio, Dr. Jeffrey McFadden, and with violinists Claude Gelineau and Clemens Merkel of the Bozzini Quartet. Harb also participated in many masterclasses including ones run by Lorenzo Micheli, Jason Vieaux, Pavel Steidl, Rémi Boucher, and Manuel Barrueco. Harb holds a Masters in Performance degree from McGill University, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Toronto.

Mauro Giuliani: Gran Sonata Eroica, Op.150 – Tariq Harb, Guitar

Bach ‘Cello Suite No. 1 – Prelude’ played by Tariq Harb

Tariq Harb plays Mazurka Appasionata by Agustin Barrios Mangoré

Isaac Albeniz: Asturias (Leyenda)

Photo Credit: James Duncan Davidson


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