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Rob MacDonald, B. Mus, M. Mus.

Sincere performances of bold and engaging repertoire have established guitarist Rob MacDonald as one of Canada’s most exciting performers of new music. As both a soloist and chamber musician his persistent quest for fresh repertoire regularly leads to the creation of new works and the presentation of rarely heard pieces. He has performed with Soundstreams Canada, Madawaska String Quartet, Contact Contemporary Music, the Canadian Opera Company, Amadeus Choir, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, and Toca Loca. Alongside virtuoso guitarist, Tracy Anne Smith, he is co-founder of ChromaDuo, an ensemble actively commissioning, premiering, and performing new repertoire throughout North America. Their debut recording,Hidden Waters, has been called ‘nothing short of inspirational’ (Simon Powis, Classical Guitar Review), ‘Each of the pieces played flawlessly bring a broad palette of colours, sounds, and emotions, a ‘tourbilion’ in which it is easy to lose oneself’ (Jean-Baptiste Collinet, the Muse’s Muse), and ‘modern guitar music at its most powerful, extending form and substance of the guitar to give the listener an almost orchestral experience’ (Kirk Albrecht, Minor 7th).
Rob is an accredited Suzuki teacher. In addition to his teaching at the HSSM Rob is also a teacher at the North York Suzuki School and is on faculty at University of Toronto.

Dario Viviani
Dario Viviani, Suzuki Guitar Teacher

Born and raised in Canada, Dario has enjoyed the privilege of completing his musical training in Europe.

He is a European Suzuki Association certified Suzuki Guitar Teacher (vol. 1–5) and has completed extensive performance requirements at the “Jacopo Tomadini Conservatory of Music” in Italy where he graduated in classical guitar. He has also had the honour of being an active participant in masterclasses with world renowned concert guitarist David Russell, widely considered as being one of the finest teachers in the classical guitar world.

Dario has over 25 years of teaching experience and has taught in music schools, workshops and Suzuki Institutes throughout Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Switzerland.

Dario’s recordings include the very popular “Children’s Songbook” (Book/CD), which is a collection of 50 children’s songs specially suited to Suzuki students; and the complete studio recordings of Suzuki Guitar School Volumes 1-5.

Dario feels that if you combine strong teaching skills, musical competence, professionalism, enthusiasm and creativity with an encouraging and fun approach to learning music, you can achieve very agreeable results in education.

For more information, please consult his website:
You will find recordings, videos, resources for students and teachers, study tips and more.

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