Instrumental/Strings Adjudicators

Jeff Faragher

 

Innovating every day

 

Known for diversity, innovation and passion, cellist Jeff Faragher has excited audiences across North America and in Europe with his dynamic musical style in classical, folk and jazz genres. 

 

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Jeff started learning music at age 3 with the Kodaly program then shortly after, started cello with Suzuki cello teacher, Diana Nuttal. He then continued his studies in music at the University of Alberta under renowned cellist and teacher, Tanya Prochazka.  With a focus on chamber music, Jeff was one of the founding members of the Pretorius String Quartet which received the prestigious Malcolm Forsyth String Quartet Scholarship four years running as they worked through their undergraduate degrees as Edmonton’s foremost performing string quartet. In addition, Jeff spent many summers touring the world and studying with famous cello teachers such as Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot and Yo-Yo Ma.

 

Following his years in Edmonton, Jeff moved to Montreal to pursue a Masters of Music degree studying with Montreal Symphony’s principal cellist, Brian Manker and the Orford String Quartet founding member, Marcel Saint-Cyr. Having finished his degree, Jeff moved back to Edmonton to start his family and his professional career as a cellist, teacher and music director.  In his two short years in Edmonton he built a cello studio of over thirty private students, was head cello instructor with the Edmonton Public Schools music enrichment program and was department head of strings at Grant MacEwan College. He also performed regularly with chamber groups, folk groups and symphonies across Alberta.

 

Since moving to Nelson, BC, Jeff has shared his passion and experience with the professional music community and students alike. He is an active performer in both classical and folk music as well as the musical and artistic director of the Symphony of the Kootenays.  Whatever he is doing, cellist Jeff Faragher is looking to innovate, perform and inspire his audiences, colleagues and students alike.