Simon Farintosh (b. 1995) is an award-winning classical guitarist from the west coast of Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at The University of Victoria where he studied with Dr. Alexander Dunn, acclaimed guitarist and protege to Pepe Romero. Recently, Simon completed his Master’s Degree at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a student and teaching assistant to famed virtuoso Rene Izquierdo. This fall, Simon will begin his Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto as a student of Dr. Jeffrey McFadden. Here, he plans to research and perform the extensive solo guitar output of little-known Viennese composer Ferdinand Rebay. Throughout his studies, Simon has performed in masterclasses for many luminary figures in the guitar world, including Pepe Romero, Kazuhito Yamashita, Roland Dyens, Jorge Caballero, Chen Zhi, Beijing Guitar Duo, Judicaël Perroy, Marcin Dylla, and Zoran Dukic.
Simon has garnered top awards at various competitions in Canada and the US, including 1st Prize at the 2018 Northwest Guitar Festival & Competition and 1st Prize at the 2020 Quebec International Music Competition. He is a four-time recipient of the British Columbia Arts Council Award, and has been a featured artist for events and organizations such as the VCM Summer Guitar Academy (BC), The Classical Guitar Society of Tri-Cities (WA) and Madison Classical Guitar Society (WI). Simon is a sought-after instructor, and currently teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music as well as the Forte School of Music in Duncan, BC.
Simon plays a 2015 Glenn Canin guitar.