Sylvie Proulx

Associate Professor
Classical Guitar

B.Mus (Ottawa)
M.Mus (Toronto)
Room: MU-2004

Canadian virtuoso guitarist, Sylvie Proulx has concertized throughout Canada, the United States and England. A champion of new works for the guitar, she has presented numerous Canadian world-premieres. Acclaimed for her exceptional musicality and remarkable technique, her repertoire reflects a wide range of periods and styles. In addition to solo and orchestral work, Proulx always enjoys the collaborative aspect of chamber music, welcoming new and challenging pieces for that genre.

Multi-award winning Sylvie Proulx holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the Universities of Ottawa and Toronto where she studied with Ed Honeywell and Eli Kassner. Under the auspices of the Canada Arts Council, she also studied in England with renowned guitarist David Russell who called her "a great player with all the right ingredients". A busy recitalist, Proulx is also a well- known broadcast personality in Canada, and a respected pedagogue at the university level. Her talents for instruction and performance were combined in her popular television program, Guitare en Mains, which introduced students to the rudiments of guitar playing. A charming and frequent guest on both English and French networks, engaging commentaries often accompany her recital appearances in which Proulx shares her knowledge and her passion for the guitar.

Her affinity for South American music was brilliantly apparent in her recording, Tango Nuevo - The Music of Astor Piazzolla which features solo guitar, guitar and flute (with flutist Robert Aitken) and Piazzolla's concerto for guitar and bandoneon (recorded with members of Symphony Nova Scotia). Her critically acclaimed solo recording, Sirocco, was hailed by the Toronto Star as a rare guitar album where flawless technique is trumped by even finer musicianship. Proulx currently teaches guitar at Memorial University's School of Music.