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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 18, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Guy Few

Contract Academic Staff; Trumpet

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Office Location: A314

Academic Background
BMus (WLU), F.T.C.L., (Trinity College, London, England): Trumpet

Guy Few is a virtuoso.  As a pianist, trumpeter, cornist, and singer, he delights audiences with his intensity and charm.  Montreal’s Le Devoir calls him “outrageously gifted” and “quite simply phenomenal”.  It is no wonder that he is in demand as a soloist, performing with many orchestras and festivals in Canada and the USA.

Guy is equally at home in classical or contemporary genres.  Through the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council, he has debuted new works by Canadian composers including Glen Buhr, Peter Hatch, Alain Trudel, Melissa Hui, Boyd McDonald, and Jacques Hétu among others.  Jacques Hétu’s concerto, written for Mr. Few, is available on Canadian Trumpet Concerti with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony conducted by Raffi Armenian (CBC SM5000).  He has also recorded for S.N.E., Arsis Classics, Musica Viva, ibs, Naxos and the Hänssler Classics labels.  Hänssler recordings include the Grammy Award winning Credo of Penderecki with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling conductor.  Guy Few and Stephanie Mara explore the music of Strauss, Fauré, Duparc, Puccini, and others on their recital CD, Vocalise.  This CD utilizes Guy’s vocally based trumpet technique and solo sound.

Guy has won innumerable prizes for piano and trumpet performance.  He was a finalist in the CBC Young Performer’s Competition and the Grand Prize Winner of the CIBC National Music Festival.  In 1988 he received the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award from the Canada Council of the Arts when he was chosen as Most Promising Artist in both piano and brass categories.  He has been invited as a professor, adjudicator, soloist, principal and recitalist to many festivals including The Festival of the Sound, Scotiafest, The Orford Festival, The Kiwanis National Music Festival, The Ottawa Chamber Festival, The Vancouver Chamber Festival, The Elora Festival, Tanglewood (USA), Takefu International Music Festival (Japan), and The Oregon Bach Festival (USA).  Clinics and master classes have been presented from Japan to the USA including Scotiafest, Takefu International Music Festival, Orford, and The Guelph Spring Festival, as well as post-secondary institutions such as the Montreal Conservatory, the University of Toronto, Memorial University, Acadia University and Sonoma State University.

Guy is a gold medal graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario and holds a Fellowship Diploma from Trinity College, London, England.  He performs and records on a regular basis with Bellows and Brass, Nadina Mackie Jackson (bassoon), and Stephanie Mara (piano).  Guy has appeared on CBC-TV, CTV, BRAVO!, TV5 and European television broadcasts and is heard regularly on CBC Radio and NPR.

Guy lives in Elora, Ontario, Canada, and is a part-time faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he conducts the Wilfrid Laurier Brass Ensemble, and teaches trumpet and duo piano.  He is a Yamaha Artist and performs on XENO and Custom trumpets.

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