Canadian violinist Guillaume Tardif pursues an active career as a performer and pedagogue. He regularly travels on recital tours and appears as soloist with orchestras in prominent venues in Europe, South and North America, and Asia – most recently at Carnegie-Weill Hall in Paganini’s 24 Caprices. He often performs repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary works and introduces many lesser-known works and original compositions, cadenzas, and arrangements. He is also often heard on radio and TV networks, and his recordings have been issued on the Dell’Arco label. He has been a guest concertmaster for a number of ensembles and performed in company of many distinguished musicians.
He holds degrees from the Eastman School (DMA) and the Conservatoire du Quebec (Premier Prix) and earned awards at the Canadian Music Competition. Guillaume Tardif is Associate Professor of Violin and Performance and String Area Coordinator at the Department of Music, University of Alberta. He has been a guest artist or professor at various universities and conservatories, including the Grieg Academy in Norway, the Royal College in Stockholm, the Turku and Jyväskylä Academies in Finland, the Amsterdam and Groningen Conservatories in the Netherlands, the Academy of Sciences and the Universities of Miskolc and Debrecen in Hungary, the Hong Kong Academy, Andong University in South Korea, Zhejiang University in China, and several universities in Brazil.
In 2012, he was a visiting faculty member at the University of Innsbruck, Austria as part of an exchange through the Wirth Institute for Central European Studies. He also joined in 2012 the faculties of the International Music Festivals of Schlern (Italy) and Beverly Hills (Los Angeles, USA). Apart from performance activities, his research interests include string literature and pedagogy, culture, creativity, and management. He is often involved as an adjudicator for competitions and music foundations, and leads the Enterprise string quartet concerts in Edmonton and the Alberta String Association. Various granting agencies have supported his research initiatives, including recent projects such as the Dare to Discover Series with the Enterprise Quartet and the SSHRC-sponsored Genius of the Violin video-documentary.