DALE KAVANAGH (b 1958 )
Canadian-born Dale Kavanagh is one of the guitar world’s most gifted interpreters. Between 1986 and 1988 she was a top prizewinner in Spain’s Segovia Competition, Italy’s Gargnano Competition, Switzerland’s Neuchatel Competition and first and special prizewinner in Finland’s Scandinavian International Guitar Competition.
She received her bachelor of music degree from Dalhousie University in Canada, and later completed her graduate studies with the Solisten Diplom at the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel, Switzerland, under the guidance of Oscar Ghiglia. She performs internationally as a soloist and in the Amadeus Guitar Duo with German guitarist Thomas Kirchhoff and has given recitals in more than 70 countries. She is a regular recitalist and teacher in guitar and music festivals in Canada, Turkey, Poland, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Hungary, England, Argentina, Mexico, China and the United States, and has given nearly 2000 concerts around the world.
Many composers have written works for Dale Kavanagh including Carlo Domeniconi, Roland Dyens, Jaime M. Zenamon, Stephen Dodgson, Stephen Funk-Pearson, Bruce Shavers, Christian Jost and Harald Genzmer. She has taught at the Musikhochschule in Detmold, Germany since 1999 and was an exclusive artist with Hänssler Classic from 1999 to 2013. Since then she has been an exclusive artist with the Naxos Group.