Simon Farintosh is a guitarist, composer, arranger, teacher, and award-winning performer from the west coast of Canada. He is known for his unconventional programming choices, connecting with audiences by integrating the classical guitar with contemporary forms such as popular music and jazz. His debut EP Aphex Twin for Guitar (2021) comprises of his own transcriptions of pieces by British electronic artist Richard D. James, fusing two seemingly disparate types of music. His second EP 'Seascapes' consists of original compositions inspired by the captivating landscape of the Pacific Northwest, combining solo guitar with atmospheric synth textures. Many of Simon’s arrangements and compositions are published by Bergmann Edition and Musicnotes.com, where he is a Musicnotes Signature Artist.
Simon began his guitar studies in 2004 at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Stephen Lochbaum, Bradford Werner, and esteemed Romero protege Dr. Alexander Dunn. Simon continued to study with Dr. Dunn at the University of Victoria, where he earned his Bachelor of Music Degree, and later completed a Master's Degree at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he was a student and teaching assistant to Rene Izquierdo, a renowned Cuban virtuoso. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto, where he is a student of Dr. Jeffrey McFadden. Here, his research is centred on the history, application, and methodology of extended-range guitars.
Simon's performances have garnered him top awards in competitions such as the Northwest Guitar Festival, the National Music Festival of Canada, and the Quebec International Music Competition, and he has been a finalist in worldwide virtual competitions such as the GuitarLab International Competition. He is a six-time recipient of the British Columbia Arts Council Award, and has been a featured artist for organizations such as the VCM Summer Guitar Academy (BC), The Classical Guitar Society of Tri-Cities (WA) and Madison Classical Guitar Society (WI).
Simon currently resides in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, a small city in Canada's sub-arctic region. Here, he maintains a busy private teaching studio consisting of students from a variety of musical backgrounds. In teaching, Simon prioritizes creative fulfillment of the individual, and structures lessons plans around the personal goals of each student.
Simon plays a 6-string double top guitar by Glenn Canin and an 8-string guitar by Jeff Sigurdson.