Canadian guitarist Emma Rush was involved with music from an early age and played many instruments before discovering a love for the guitar. After initial studies, Emma Rush moved to Nova Scotia to complete an undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax. During her years in Halifax, she was active in playing solo and chamber music concerts and performing to great acclaim in numerous masterclasses. She quickly became known for her warm sound and expressive playing.

From 2002-2006 Emma Rush lived in Dortmund, Germany. She completed post-graduate studies with world-renowned guitarist Dale Kavanagh at the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold (February 2006). She graduated at the top of her class. The years in Germany offered her many opportunities to refine her skills in masterclasses with David Russell, Roland Dyens, Carlo Marchione, and Tilman Hoppstock, among others. In addition to many solo concerts in Germany and beyond, she played regularly as a duo with Turkish guitarist Tuba Akkaya.

Emma Rush is now based Hamilton where she maintains a busy teaching studio in additional to faculty appointments at Redeemer University and Mohawk College. She performs throughout North America and Europe and appears regularly at international guitar festivals (Iserlohn, Acadia, Sauble Beach). Emma Rush is the founder and artistic director of the successful Guitar Hamilton concert series and the Hamilton International Guitar Festival. In 2011 she was a top prize winner at the International Guitar Competition in Columbus, Georgia and the Great Lakes Guitar Competition in Rochester, NY, and the winner of the 2011 City of Hamilton Arts Award for Music. Recent engagements include the 20th International Guitar Festival in Iserlohn, Germany, the Guitar Fort Worth Masters Series, Texas, the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Sociaety, and a tour of the eastern provinces of Canada. Upcoming appearances include concerts in Canada, the United Staes, Germany, Spain, Mexico and Turkey.

“she enchanted the audience with her charm, wit and exceptional ability”
Frankenpost, Germany



December 5-6, 2014
Solo Concert & Masterclass
University of Milwaukee

October 24-25, 2014
Solo Concert & Masterclass
Edmonton Guitar Society

October 18th. 2014.
Concerto de Aranjuez
Georgian Bay Symphony

August 23-31, 2014
Beneke/Rush Duo

August 15, 2014
Solo Concert
Sauble Beach Guitar Festival

June 1, 2014
Richard Owen Gallery (Azuline Duo)

April 11-13, 2014
Great Lakes Women of the Guitar Festival
Buffalo, NY

April 4, 2014
Lowertown Classics
St. Paul, Minnesota

March 9, 2014
Beneke/Rush Duo
Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts

February 15, 2014
Solo Concert
Melrose United Church, Hamilton

February 8, 2014
Placebo Space (Beneke/Rush)

November 10, 2013
Calgary Classical Guitar Society (masterclass)

November 9, 2013
Solo Concert
Calgary Classical Guitar Society

September 2, 2013
Guitar Fort Worth

July 14, 2013. 10am
literary performance featuring Ann Ireland, author of the Blue Guitar, and Shawn Pickup.

July 12-14, 2013
Hamilton International Guitar Festival

June 16, 2013
Beneke/Rush Duo

June 13. 2013
Cable 14 - Beneke/Rush Duo

June 2, 2013
Guitar Hamilton Fundraiser
Artword Artbar, Hamilton.

April 27, 2013
Azuline Duo
Artword Artbar, Hamilton

April 13, 2013
Great Lakes Guitar Society Festival

Feb. 5, 2012
Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts with Tracy Anne Smith and Eva Beneke, Hamilton,

Jan. 25, 2012
Cambridge Art Gallery

Nov. 18, 2011
Guitar Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX

Nov. 16. 2011
University of Northern Texas, Denton, TX

Nov. 14. 2011
Hamilton Guitar Association, ON

Nov. 6. 2011
Artword Theatre, Hamilton, ON

Oct.15, 2011
Renaissance Harvest Festival, Mount Forest, ON

Oct. 14, 2011
Eastdale School, Woodstock, ON

Oct. 1, 2011
Westdale Culture Day, ON

Sept. 30, 2011
Faculty Recital, Redeemer University, Ancaster, ON

Sept. 30, 2011
Faculty Recital, Redeemer University, Ancaster, ON

Sept. 22, 2011
Masterclass, Dalhousie University ON

Sept. 21, 2011
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS