Classical Guitar Performance
Ben Schenstead has given performances in classical guitar in Saskatchewan, Alberta
and Ontario, and has played in many festivals and special events both as a
soloist and in guest artist with various ensembles. Schenstead has
been heard many times on CBC Radio, both provincially
and nationally, and he has also appeared on national television.
Schenstead has been a guest soloist with the Prairie Virtuosi Orchestra, and
the distinguished Amati Quartet of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Schenstead has
also performed with members of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in major musical
including Fiddler on the Roof and Man of La Mancha.
Ben Schenstead has given guitar performances for the University of Saskatchewan
where he taught guitar from 1982-2001, the
NorthWest Guitar Festival, Lethbridge, Alberta, the E.A Rawlinson Centre
Art Gallery, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and the Fine Arts Concert Series
for the University of Regina.
Ben Schenstead is in demand as a soloist and ensemble player in Saskatchewan,
where he is held in high regard for his teaching and the attainment
of his students, who include some of the more notable players of the region.
Schenstead's repertoire leans toward Latin American and Spanish classical,
Baroque music, and contemporary compositions with jazz/classical crossover
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"wonderful, warm tone and yet with clarity and depth of tone. A flawless
technique almost hidden by gorgeous colours, long lines and sensuous phrases.
His music draws you into the very core of your being."
-Dr. Lynn Channing, Professor of Music, University of Regina
“very impressive… eclectic …Schenstead is a technically
whistle-clean, tasteful artist…well-sprung rhythms and solid lyrical
-Winnipeg Free Press
"...your version of my piece [Valse des Loges] is really gorgeous and
I loved it. It's probably the best version I've heard of it till now. Bravo...All
best in your music. And congratulations again. You're a man of taste."
Dyens, composer, Professor of Guitar, Conservatoire National Supérieur
de Musique de Paris
Recitals/Concerts | Please contact
us for rates and info
Ben Schenstead will perform classical guitar for a wide range
of events, including Guitar Festivals, Guitar Society concert
series, Fine Arts
Department series, Student Association sponsored performances,
conferences, conventions, art gallery
and so on.
Adjudication | Please
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Ben has been an adjudicator or judge for many music festivals in Western Canada,
including the Sask Music Festival, the Lethbridge Music Festival, the British
Voices of the North, and the NorthWest Guitar Festival.
Collaborations/Ensemble | Please
contact us for your next musical project
Ben Schenstead is happy to consider musical collaborations and projects with
Some highlights of Ben's performances:
Guest appearance with the Amati
String Quartet. Convocation Hall, University
of Saskatchewan. "Italian Serenade" with works by Marcello, Vivaldi, and Giazotto.
Bruno Arts Bank. Classical guitar showcase (2011)
Regina Musical Club Concert. 2:00 PM, Riddell Centre, University Theatre, Regina (2011)
Recital and CD Release. 8:00 PM, The Refinery, Saskatoon. (2010).
Two-Story Cafe performance, Art Gallery of Prince Albert, E.A. Rawlinson Centre (2010)
Literacy Conference, TCU Place, Saskatoon
Fine Arts Concert Series Recital, U of Regina, Riddell Centre Theatre
Nourishing Thoughts @ the FoodBank Lecture/Presentation, sponsored by Centre
for Continuing Education, U of R (2010)
Art Gallery Performance (showcasing works of Karen Holden), Saskatoon Public
Library Art Gallery (2009)
Guest Appearance with the Amati String Quartet, Convocation Hall, U of
To inquire about booking Ben for your event, please email.