Trevor Burt - Guitar & Harp
Trevor Burt has created a highly original style that combines elements from the classical idiom with those of contemporary folk music. The result is a body of works both timeless and unique.
Whether playing folk clubs like Egertons in Toronto during the mid-seventies or performing a classical guitar recital at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina over decade later, Trevor has presented music that bridges the gulf between these seemingly disparate styles. “I have always tried to incorporate both idioms into my repertoire. I’d play Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring between songs by John Prine and Bruce Cockburn back in the day”, Trevor explains
More recently Trevor has been busy arranging both classical pieces like Pachelbel’s famous Canon in D and a series of tunes by such luminaries as the 18th century Irish harpist Turlough O’Carolan for solo guitar.
Trevor’s CD releases, Convergence (1999) and Short Stories (2004) have garnered rave reviews. Shelagh Rogers of the CBC called Convergence “A rare gem in the Canadian musical firmament". American radio host Ted Weiner praised Convergence as "flawlessly performed” and Canadian producer David Bradstreet describes Trevor as “a truly gifted composer and musician”.
Among his many accomplishments Trevor includes the publication by Gordon V. Thompson in 1988 of "Guitar Bands, An Ensemble Approach to Classroom Guitar Instruction”, winning the Award for Excellence in Solo Composition for The Enchanted Childhood from the Japanese Classical Guitar Association in 1988, performing his own Fugue for Harp and Guitar in 1990, touring the American southeast as Artist in Residence with Chamber Music Hilton Head in 2006 and appearing in the COC production of Othello during the 2009-2010 season.
Trevor holds an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance Degree from the University of Toronto where he earned the Ken Young Scholarship. He also received the Award For Excellence in Composition from the Japanese Guitar Association in 1988 and the Mississauga Musician of the Year Award in 1990.