The Victoria Guitar Trio, featuring Michael Dias, Adrian Verdejo, and Bradford Werner, is one of Canada’s premier classical guitar ensembles. All three guitarists have extensive experience performing in both solo and ensemble settings. Individually they have all obtained professional musical degrees through their years of study and have dedicated themselves to the love the guitar. The Trio’s concert repertoire spans vast periods and stylistic borders; from Renaissance lute music, to contemporary Canadian guitar compositions, to Latin America and Jazz inspired works. Adrian, Bradford and Michael enthusiastically share their passion for the classical guitar’s rich history through their performances and with their students. All three members are active faculty guitar instructors at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Adrian Verdejo (BMUS, MMUS) performs with the Victoria Guitar Trio, as a soloist and as a freelance chamber musician with ensembles such as Turning Point, Aventa, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He is recognized as a proponent of contemporary music in Canada, having commissioned and premiered many new pieces. Verdejo’s debut solo album, Modern Hearts, was listed as one of the top albums of 2014 in the Georgia Straight and is available on Redshift Records. He is a contributing writer to the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada and a Classical Guitar instructor in the degree program at Vancouver Community College. www.adrianverdejo.com
Michael Dias is a professional guitarist, music scholar, and music teacher. He maintains a busy schedule whether this means spending time on the concert stage with the Victoria Guitar Trio and the Quelus Guitar Duo, in the classroom at the Victoria Conservatory of Music or the University of Victoria (as a sessional lecturer), or writing and publishing academic music research (music theory and music history). A PhD candidate in the University of Victoria School of Music’s musicology program, he will complete his dissertation on the manuscript sketches of the Canadian composer, Jacques Hétu (1938-2010) in 2015. He has recently published articles on a newly discovered prélude by Hétu as well as narrativity in Wagner’s operas. He moved to Victoria nine years ago to do a Masters of Music with Dr. Alexander Dunn after completing a Bachelor of Music in his home town of Calgary.
Originally from Nelson, British Columbia, Bradford now resides in Victoria where he teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Fernwood Music Studio, and works as a freelance musician. He also teaches post-secondary students in the Camosun College music program. Bradford has adjudicated festivals, exams, and masterclasses for The Alberta Provincial Music Festival, Mount Royal University, Calgary Guitar Society, Camosun College, Medicine Hat Rotary Festival, The Northwest Music Festival, and many more. Bradford holds a diploma in music from Camosun College and an A.V.C.M. in teaching and performance. Bradford is owner and editor of one of the most popular classical guitar websites in the world. With over 100,000 page views a month thisisclassicalguitar.com is a growing digital publication and sheet music provider. Personal Website: bradfordwerner.ca