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Guillaume Tardif, Doctor of Musical Arts (Eastman School, University of Rochester), DESM 2 (Conservatoire du Québec), MBA (University of Alberta)

Associate Professor, String Area Coordinator

Arts

Music

About Me

Canadian violinist Guillaume Tardif pursues an active career as a performer and pedagogue. He regularly travels on recital tours and appears as soloist with orchestras in prominent venues in Europe, South and North America, and Asia – most recently at Carnegie-Weill Hall in Paganini’s 24 Caprices. He often performs repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary works and introduces many lesser-known works and original compositions, cadenzas, and arrangements. He is also often heard on radio and TV networks, and his recordings have been issued on the Dell’Arco label. He has been a guest concertmaster for a number of ensembles and performed in company of many distinguished musicians.

He holds degrees from the Eastman School (DMA) and the Conservatoire du Quebec (Premier Prix) and earned awards at the Canadian Music Competition. Guillaume Tardif is Associate Professor of Violin and String Area Coordinator at the Department of Music, University of Alberta. He has been a guest artist or professor at various universities and conservatories, including the Grieg Academy (Norway), Royal College of Stockholm (Sweden), Turku and Jyväskylä Academies (Finland), Amsterdam and Groningen Conservatories (The Netherlands), Liszt Academy, Academy of Sciences, and Universities of Miskolc and Debrecen (Hungary), Hong Kong Academy, Andong University (South Korea), Central Conservatory of Music and Zhejiang University (China), Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), and several universities in Brazil.

In 2012, he was a visiting faculty member at the University of Innsbruck, Austria as part of an exchange through the Wirth Institute for Central European Studies. He also joined the faculties of the Semper Music International Festival (Italy), VCU Global Summer Institute of Music (Richmond, VA), and Beverly Hills International Music Festival (Los Angeles, CA). Apart from performance activities, his research interests include string literature and pedagogy, culture, creativity, and management. Recent publications include a book chapter "H. W. Ernst: Virtuosity and Flow" (Olms-Verlag, 2018), which includes a companion CD that features seven works by Ernst (with Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp, piano), a book chapter "Dialogues, Duels, Diets: Leclair, the French Violin School, and the 2-Violin Repertoire" (Brepols, 2015), and a book review for "Ad Parnassum" (October 2015). He is often involved as an adjudicator for competitions and music foundations, and leads the Enterprise Quartet concerts in Edmonton and the Alberta String Association. Various granting agencies have supported his research initiatives, including recent projects such as the Dare to Discover Series with the Enterprise Quartet and the SSHRC-sponsored Genius of the Violin video-documentary.


Research

AREAS OF RESEARCH & INTEREST

  • Violin Performance
  • Chamber Music Performance
  • String Literature, String Pedagogy, and Musicology
  • Interdisciplinary Projects (biomechanics)
  • Sound and Video Recording/Editing
  • Business of Music


CD Recordings:

  • ‘Gallois-Montbrun: Les 24 Caprices de Paganini’, with Roger Admiral, piano (forthcoming)
  • ‘Sonatas and Variations’, with Jacques Després, piano (forthcoming)
  • ‘Northern Duets: from Scandinavia and Canada’, with Ricardo Odriozola, violin (forthcoming)
  • 'Tales from the Dinarides', with Double-Double Duo - Kornel Wolak, clarinet, and Michael Bridge, accordion; produced in conjunction with the Wirth Institute (CD Launch, Nov. 4, 2017, Convocation Hall, U Alberta)
  • 'H.W. Ernst', solo and duo, with Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp; companion CD to the proceedings: ‘Paganini’s Shadow - H.W. Ernst’. In M. von Goldbeck and M. Kawabata (Eds.), Göttingen Studies in Musicology, Hildesheim, Germany: Olms-Verlag (2017)
  • ‘From the Library of Joseph Szigeti’, with Janet Scott Hoyt, piano (Dell’Arco Publications DA03, 2006)
  • ‘Virtuoso Encores’, with Judy Kehler Siebert, piano (Dell’Arco Publications DA01, 2004)

Projects:

  • The Enterprise Quartet Dare to Discover Music Series; funded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton Community Foundation, and UofA (since 2009)
  • The Genius of the Violin Project; funded by SSHRC (2012)

Teaching

AREAS OF INSTRUCTION

  • Violin 
  • Viola
  • Chamber Music
  • String Pedagogy & Literature
  • Business of Music, Culture and Creativity


Ensemble Instruction:

  • Chamber Music
  • String Orchestra