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Ben Tobiasson Biography

*Ben is the oldest of three siblings: brother Clint and sister Lynn. He grew up in an extremely musical family where he was taught

 that all styles and genres of music have attributes, and that an individual hearing would allow the listener to make their own

  judgement. He has played very many of these genres including classical, country, rock, big band, ethnic and latin. Ben was on the

 Faculty of Music at Alberta College in Edmonton, Alberta for most of the 1990s and continues an association with SOCAN.

Appearances

*   Solo performance, VIP Suite, U.N.’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations (Archbishop Desmond Tutu in

      attendance), Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, November 1998.         

*   Solo concert in Edmonton’s Winspear Centre for Music (Winspear’s first guitarist) April 1998

*   Soloist in the Edmonton Classical Guitar Society 1997/98 Concert Series, November 1997.

*   Performed the ‘Adagio’ from Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the Edmonton Symphony

    Orchestra at the ‘Symphony of Champions’ in March 1996.

*   Played Vivaldi’s “Concerto in D Major” and Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with Professor

    Alexandra Munn at Alberta College in January 1996.

*   Performed Vivaldi’s “Concerto in D Major” with the Concordia College Symphony Orchestra in

     January 1995.

*   American premiere of Mexican Fantasy in the final concert of the 20th Annual Christopher

     Parkening Master Class, Montana State University, August 1994. Played Rodrigo’s “Concierto de  

    Aranjuez” in the Christopher Parkening Master Class.

*   Faculty recital at Muttart Hall, May 1994.

*   Two solo recitals in ‘First Night’ Calgary, December 1993.

*   Solo concert in the series ‘La Guitare Classique’, May 1993, recorded by CBC.

*   Performance in the Muttart Hall Inaugural Concert, January 1993.

*   Solo faculty recital at Alberta College, January 1993.

*   Mainstage solo performances and VIP Suite performances for the Youth Emergency Shelter Benefit, Jubilee Auditorium, Edm.

    March 1991.

*   Solo performance in ‘Klondike Days’, 1990.

*   VIP Suite performances at Great Canadian Awards, 1989-1993.

*   Participation in ‘Canadian Heritage Festival’, Saskatoon, 1989. Awarded a Certificate of Recognition

    from the Government of Canada.

*   Featured soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on ‘New Performers’, CFRN TV,

     December 1988.



*Ben performed many Citadel Theatre plays (with the orchestra) including “Man of La Mancha” (first guitar) with Michael Burgess      and Susan Gilmour, “The Beggar’s Opera” (main guitar) and “Fiddler On The Roof” (guitar and mandolin).

*Performances with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on guitar (Concierto de Aranjuez) and tenor banjo (Porgy and Bess and

  Rhapsody in Blue).