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Oren Fader


Oren Fader is highly regarded as a performer of classical and electric guitar repertoire, solo and chamber, traditional and contemporary. He has performed in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Concerto performances include the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the New Jersey Symphony and Omaha Symphony, David Del Puerto’s new concerto, Zephyr, with the New Paths in Music Ensemble, and the Vivaldi D Major Concerto, with the Manchester Music Festival.

In addition to performing as a soloist, Mr. Fader is much in demand as a New York City chamber musician. He has performed hundreds of concerts with a wide range of classical and new music groups, including the Met Chamber Ensemble (directed by James Levine), New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Talea Ensemble, Mark Morris Dance Group, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Walden Chamber Players, New World Symphony, International Contemporary Ensemble, Absolute Ensemble, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, American Composers Orchestra, Argento Ensemble, Brooklyn Philharmonic, North Country Chamber Players, Music from Japan, New Amsterdam Singers, New York Festival of Song, Da Capo Chamber Players, Festival Chamber Music, North Country Chamber Players, and Speculum Musicae. Festival performances include Aspen, Tanglewood, Bach Oregon Festival, Yellow Barn, Istanbul Festival, Deer Valley Festival (Utah), Bard Music Festival, and Morelia, Mexico.

Well known for his performances of contemporary music, Mr. Fader has premiered or recorded over 200 solo and chamber works with guitar, many as a member of the award-winning new music group Cygnus Ensemble, including compositions by Babbitt, Wuorinen, Machover, Biscardi, Currier, Naito, and many others. He has worked closely with composers such as Babbitt, Boulez, Carter, Davidovsky, and David Lang. Recent performance highlights include two seasons at the Tanglewood Music Festival, performing works of Carter, Davidovsky, and Chin, and tours around the globe with his chamber group Poetica Musica, performing in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Copenhagen, Iceland, Israel, Guyana, Jordan, and Tajikistan.

Mr. Fader can be heard on over 45 commercial recordings, in repertoire ranging from the 16th century (Dowland) to the 21st (Carter). Recent solo releases include First Flight, ten premiere solo guitar pieces written for Mr. Fader, and Another’s Fandango,featuring solo works from Bach to Bogdanovic, produced by Grammy award-winner Adam Abeshouse. Mr. Fader is active in commercial film as well, recording the classical guitar parts for the film “Everything Is Illuminated,” directed by Liev Schreiber.

Mr. Fader received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase and his Master of Music degree from Florida State University. His major teachers include David Starobin and Bruce Holzman. Since 1994 Mr. Fader has been on the guitar and chamber music faculty of Manhattan School of Music.