The guitar has become a passport to Trevor Cooper, and it travels with him wherever he goes.
It has taken him from his upbringing in the cold western Canadian Prairies to the heat of southern Spain. Large urban centers like Toronto (U of T, B. Mus. in 2013) gave way to mountain towns like Salzburg (Mozarteum, 2019). In Spanish Vistas, he realized a life-long dream and made his orchestral debut performing the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Concordia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Danielle Lisboa.
In 2018 he toured western Canada and Norway with Henry Reitan. He has performed recitals with the Guitar Societies of Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver and has recently given masterclasses at Mount Royal University, the University of British Columbia, and Concordia University of Edmonton.
In 2015 Trevor Cooper was one of 14 internationally selected guitarists to study in the III Master de la Interpretación de la Guitarra Clásica at the Universidad de Alicante in Alicante, Spain. There he studied with Grammy award-winning artists David Russell, Manuel Barrueco (guitar), Paul O'Dette (lute/early music), Jose de Eusebio (conducting) as well as Paul Galbraith, Pepe Romero, Fabio Zanon and others. This followed travels to Seville, Spain, where he was invited to study with guitarist Francisco Bernier.
At 17 Trevor was accepted into the University of Toronto Faculty of Music Performance program. There he studied guitar with Dr. Jeffrey McFadden and Performance Practice with Dr. Kevin Komisaruk (Palliative Care/Keyboard). During this time, he gained local success and won the Guitar Trophy at the 2012 Greater Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival. He received national recognition with 1st Place in Guitar at the 2013 FCMF National Music Festival in Waterloo.
Born and raised in Edmonton, he started playing guitar at a young age studying locally with Michel Forestier.
He currently plays on an Alector guitar (Thessaloniki, Greece) with Knobloch strings.
Mark has been studying classical guitar since the age of 9 and studied locally with Michel Forestier. In addition to participating and winning in various local and provincial music festivals, Mark has participated in masterclasses with world-class guitarists including Judicael Perroy, the Beijing Guitar Duo, and Lily Afshar. Mark won 1st Place in the 2018 Alberta Music Festival in classical guitar, and has won the Ronald J. Schaffer Guitar Scholarship among others.
In addition to classical guitar, Mark is a trombonist, having played at a high level in the Little Birds Big Band, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, and as a soloist. Mark enjoys teaching students of all skill levels with a focus on musical performance and personal expression. During the school year, Mark is a volunteer teacher with the Heart of the City Music program and teaches guitar to disadvantaged elementary students in downtown Edmonton.
Mark is currently pursuing a BSc Honours in Physiology and was a model International Baccalaureate student at his high school, Old Scona Academic, where he excelled in biology and mathematics and won multiple academic awards while studying guitar. Mark hopes to provide students with a balanced education in music, building skills while keeping in mind the daily needs of his students.
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Wednesday 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:30 pm -
Teacher: Marek Orszulik
Friday 5:00, 7:30 pm -
Teacher: Trevor Cooper
Monday 6:00 pm -
Teacher: Marek Orszulik
Marek Orszulik is a British guitarist and teacher.
He has worked in theatre productions, in the Birmingham-based contemporary ensemble Interrobang as a performer and as a solo classical guitarist. He received a Performance Diploma on the classical guitar from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in 2004, and completed his Bachelor Degree in Medicinal Chemistry and Music at Keele University in 2005.
In 2007, he completed his Master of Music Degree on the classical guitar at the Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with renowned UK guitarists, Mark Ashford and Mark Eden. In addition, he has taken masterclasses with other top guitarists such as Roberto Aussell, Graham Devine and Masayuki Kato.
As a teacher, he has worked with a variety of age groups and ability levels. Amongst his teaching positions, he was employed at Birmingham's prestigious Priory School. In addition, he has undertaken training with the British Kodaly Academyin solfege and Kodaly methodology which he has put to use in his guitar teaching.
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