GUY FEW

TRUMPET, CORNO DA DACCIA, PIANO & VOICE

 

 

“Flexible tone, dazzling technique and go for broke tendencies on both instruments”

- THE AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

REVIEWS

"Few easily maintained the silky, lyrical legato that infuses all his performances, at the same time making the horn's muffled timbre sing."

- THE REGISTER GUARD

 

“Flexible tone, dazzling technique and go for broke tendencies on both instruments”

- THE AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

 

“The thrillingly fearless Canadian trumpeter did justice to the full meaning of the word “virtuoso”.

- THE REGISTER GUARD, Eugene, Oregon

 

“As a reputed showman, Few dazzled the crowd…exquisitely coating the solo with filigree trills, flourishes and tasteful runs that showed why he’s considered one of Canada’s top virtuoso trumpeters”.

- WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

 

 “…one of the most brilliant brass players of his generation”

- THE TORONTO STAR

 

“Outrageously gifted…quite simply phenomenal”

- LE DEVOIR

 

“Guy Few is exactly what the concert stage needs – someone who is willing to take chances and upset the status quo”

- VANCOUVER PROVINCE

 

“Few displayed lightness and a humaneness that reminded this listener of another Canadian, Glenn Gould”

- THE TRIBUNE

BIOGRAPHY

Guy Few’s instrumental versatility and fearless interpretations have been noted by the international press, "outrageous... simply phenomenal” (Montreal Le Devoir) and “sheer brilliance” (Los Angeles Times). He has performed with many Canadian and US symphonies as trumpet, piano, corno and vocal soloist.

 

Guy has debuted concerti by well-known composers including Melissa Hui, Glenn Buhr, Mathieu Lussier, Michael Occhipinti and Jacques Hetu.  In 2017, 2018 he will present a new concerto by John Estacio.

 

A prolific recording artist, Guy has released CDs on numerous labels including S.N.E., Arsis Classics, CBC Musica Viva, CBC SM5000, Naxos, Hänssler Classics and MSR Classics labels. Recording awards include a JUNO nomination, (CCP/Paetkau/MSR), a Grammy for Penderecki Credo (OBF principal trumpet/Rilling/Hänssler), and Best Classical Orchestral Album from Just Plain Folks Music Awards (Bacchanale, TCO/Kevin Mallon/MSR).  Guy also received a 2017 JPF nomination in the contemporary classical category (CCP Vol 1/MSR).

 

Guy has appeared on CBC-TV, CTV, BRAVO, TV5 and European television broadcasts and is heard regularly on CBC Radio, and NPR.  He is a Yamaha artist.

 

In addition to his active career as a soloist, Guy remains a committed and prolific chamber artist in a range of ensembles including Few Mara Duo, Bellows and Brass, Few and Fewer and Project Aria.  Guy has been a featured guest at acclaimed summer festivals including Festival of the Sound, Tanglewood, Takefu International Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Sweetwater, Elora Festival and Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

 

He is a sessional lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University where he coaches chamber music and teaches trumpet.

 

Guy has been a keynote speaker for brain injury associations in Canada and the USA. The presentations concern his two brain surgeries for Cavernous Hemangioma, the resulting memory loss and complications. Guy has been invited to speak on this topic for CBC TV and Radio (Peter Gzowski, Shelagh Rogers, This is my Music), Global TV affiliates, CTV, NPR, as well as symposia such as Bach and the Brain, Surgery Grand Rounds and OMEA. His speech, “Mokuso”, features meditations for pain and stage fright.  He is also featured regularly in the international press.

 

November 2017

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Project Aria: Christmas Home

with Leslie Fagan, soprano and Stephanie Mara, piano

 

Few and Fewer

with Mark Fewer, violin and Stephanie Mara, piano

 

Project Aria: A Night in Vienna

with Leslie Fagan, soprano and Stephanie Mara, piano

 

Few Mara Duo

with Stephanie Mara, piano

 

PREFERRED CONCERTO LIST
2017-20

TRUMPET

John Adams

Concerto (str)

 

Arutunian

Concerto

 

Barber

Capricorn concerto

 

Oskar Böhme

Concerto in f minor (chamber orch)

 

John Estacio*

Trumpet Concerto

 

Eric Ewazen

Concerto for Trumpet

 

Alexander Goedicke

Concerto

 

Haydn

Concerto

 

Hétu*

Concerto for trumpet and small orchestra, op. 43

 

Howarth

Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (str)

 

Melissa Hui*

Two Sides to the Wind (chamber orch)

 

Hummel

Concerto

 

Jolivet

Concertino (str)

 

William Latham

Suite (str)

 

Mathieu Lussier*

Impressions de l'Alameda (chamber orch)

 

Alexandria Pakhmutova

Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra

 

Persichetti

The Hollow Men (str)

 

Karl Pilss

Concerto

 

Robert Planel

Concerto (str)

 

Godfry Ridout*

Concerto (str)

 

Knudåge Riisager

Concertino (str)

 

Schönbach

Concerto in G Major (str)

 

Rodion Shchedrin

Concerto

 

Tomasi

Concerto

Semaine Sainte a Cuzco

 

Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky

Sonata à 4 (tpt, 2 vn, vla, & bc)

 

Vivaldi

Concerto in C Major (2tpt & orch)

 

Julien-Francais Zbinden

Concertino (s.d. & str)

 

Zimmermann

Nobody knows de trouble I see

 

PICCOLO TRUMPET WITH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Albinoni

Concerto Saint Marc

Concerto in d minor

Concerto in a minor

 

Albrechtsberger

Concertino in Eb

 

J.S. Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

 

Fasch

Concerto in D Major

 

Hertel

Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major, Concerto No. 2 in Eb Major

 

Leopold Mozart

Concerto in D Major

 

Richter

Concerto in D Major

 

Tartini

Concerto in D Major, Concerto in C Major

 

Telemann

Concerto in D Major

 

CORNO DA CACCIA

Molter

Concerto (chamber orch)

Concerto in D Major (str)

 

Neruda

Concerto (str)

 

*Denotes Canadian composer

Recital repertoire available upon request

Master classes and workshops available

Other concerti available upon request

DISCOGRAPHY

THREE

(w/Nadina Mackie Jackson and Leslie Newman) Independent

 

Canadian Concerto Project - Volume 1

(w/ Nadina Mackie Jackson, Michael Occhipinti, & G27)

MS1480

 

After Hours

(w/ Nadina Mackie Jackson)

Independent

 

Romanza

(w/ Nadina Mackie Jackson & Toronto Chamber Orchestra)

MS 1232

 

Bacchanale

(w/ Nadina Mackie Jackson & Toronto Chamber Orchestra)

MS 1201

 

Vocalise

Independent

 

Caliban does Christmas

(guest w/ Caliban Quartet)

ATMA Classique

 

Vocalise

(w/Stephanie Mara)

Independent

 

Berio: Sequences I-XIV (Complete)

NA 8557661-63

 

The tale of Umberto Imbroglia

(trumpet and piano)

Independent

 

Credo – Krzystof Penderecki

HAN 98311

 

Messiah

HAN 98198

 

Bellows and Brass…and Boyd

SD - 0100

 

Festival of Sound

CBC Musica Viva

 

Canadian Trumpet Concerti – works by Hétu, Forsyth, Nimmons 

CBC SMCD 5159

 

Hommage à Debussy

(trumpet and harpsichord)

Arsis Classics

 

Alain Trudel Trombone Favorites

(guest pianist)

ITA WO - 121294

 

Tableaux from France

Amplitude CLCD - 2015

 

Joseph Petric Accordion

CBC - MVCD 1056

 

Récital

SNE-563-CD

 

PHOTOS

Photography

Sophie Hogan

 

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Andrew Kwan Artists Management

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