Stephen Rollins, classical guitarist
- classical guitar
Classical guitarist Stephen Rollins is well known for both his solo
recitals and ensemble work. His most recent concerts have been at the
National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage in Ottawa, where he co-founded the
Border Crossing Concert Series with pianist, Sonia Pescatore.
Stephen received awards from both The Ontario Arts Council and The Canada Council, which supported his studies in England with world-renowned guitarists, David Russell and John Mills. He was a winner of the prestigious Floyd S. Chalmers Award in its inaugural year. Scholarships from the government of Spain allowed Stephen to attend the prestigious classes at Santiago de Compostela where he studied with Jose Tomas and Jose Luis Rodrigo.
Stephen recently resigned his position of guitar instructor for Carleton University, a position he held for over thirty years.
He has taught at Camerata Music since 2005 and now focuses his teaching there, where he enjoys helping enthusiastic amateurs and young children achieve their goals. To date, four of his students have received the gold medal in Ontario for receiving the highest marks in the province on their Royal Conservatory of Music exams.
Stephen has been a guest instructor at the Hull Conservatory and has served as juror for the graduating students of the University of Ottawa and candidates for the Premiere Prix from the Conservatoire de musique du Québec.
He has also served as an adjudicator for the Kiwanis music festival in Ontario and most recently was asked to select the national guitar finalists.
As an accomplished performer Stephen has received wide acclaim for his “sense of musical discernment” and “warm expressive tone”.