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Michael Bracken

, classical guitar

Michael Bracken is one of Canada's finest young guitarists. Since winning a top prize at the National Guitar Competition in 1989 in Ottawa, concert engagements have taken him throughout Canada and into the United States. His playing has been broadcast on national radio and television. In addition to his performances of the traditional repertoire he has premiered new works and programmed many twentieth century compositions. In 1993 Michael was co-founder of the New Guitar; an innovative series of concerts featuring premieres and performances of rarely heard twentieth century music. In addition to his solo endeavours, he is an active chamber musician; he has toured extensively with guitarist Jeffrey McFadden and performs regularly with the Great Lakes Guitar Trio.

Besides his performing career Mr. Bracken teaches in Toronto; he is sought after as an adjudicator for regional and national competitions. He is a research consultant for the Frederick Harris Music Company and some of his arrangements will be published in their new Guitar Series. Michael Bracken received his formal musical training at the University of Toronto, where he completed his Bachelor and Master degrees and was a student of Norbert Kraft. He was also a scholarship student at the Banff Centre for the Arts where he participated in master classes with Oscar Ghiglia. Other studies were with David Russell and the composer Leo Brouwer at West Dean College in Great Britain.