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U of T alumnus Alex Goodman is first Canadian to win Montreux international guitar competition

Alex Goodman

University of Toronto Faculty of Music alumnus Alex Goodman is the first Canadian ever to win first prize and the Public’s Choice Award at the Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition.

The prestigious competition accepts applications from around the world, selecting ten guitarists to compete in the semi-finals in July. Alex used to wake up at six a.m. to practice before attending classes at the University of Toronto.

The Juno-nominated guitarist has performed at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Massey Hall in Toronto and ABC Studios in New York City. He has played or recorded with such international jazz stars as Dick Oatts, Tim Ries, Rich Perry, Garry Dial, John Riley and Ron Westray as well as with the New York Ballet on guitar and the American Repertory Ballet on mandolin. An accomplished composer, with more than 100 original compositions and two film scores to his name, Goodman makes his home now in New York City.

Part of his award winning performance can be seen in this video.

Read his tips on creating managing a career in music or find him on Twitter @agoodmanjazz .

(Source: U of T News | Photo by Damien Richard/Montreux Jazz Festival)