Emma Rush holding a classical guitar
Emma Rush
emma.rush [at]
Instructor, Classical Guitar

Over the past decade, Emma Rush has established herself as one of Canada’s preeminent classical guitarists. Known for her innovative programming and powerful stage presence, along with her warm sound and virtuosic technique, an event with Emma Rush is one to remember.

Emma Rush’s career has commanded world recognition. Recent touring highlights include a four-city tour in China, starting with the Altamira Shanghai International Guitar Festival, appearances at guitar festivals including Festival de Guitarras Lagos de Moreno (Mexico), the Nyköping Gitaarseminarium (Sweden), and a prestigious concert at the Internationales Gitarren Symposion, Iserlohn (Germany). She tours throughout North America regularly and in 2016-17 toured extensively throughout Eastern Canada as a Debut Atlantic artist. She performs regularly as Azuline Duo with flutist Sara Traficante. She recently appeared in the McMichael Gallery’s Group of Seven Guitar Project documentary alongside such notable guitarists as Bruce Cockburn, Jesse Cook, and Don Ross. In Spring 2018 she will be collaborating with James McCollum (Prozzac, Philosopher Kings). Rush will be completing two residencies in 2018 at the Sointula Art Shed in British Columbia and in Lübeck, Germany.

Emma Rush can be heard on the albums Canadiana (2017), Folklórica (2014), and Romanza (2016- Azuline Duo).

“She captivated the audience with her charm, wit and technical prowess” — Frankenpost, Germany

Rush completed her post-graduate studies at the Hochshule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, following an honours Bachelor of Music degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. She holds faculty appointments at Mohawk College and Redeemer University College in Hamilton, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University in the fall of 2016.

Rush is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Guitar Hamilton concert series that includes the Hamilton International Guitar Festival.