Adrian Verdejo is a classical guitarist based in Vancouver, Canada. Born into a musical family, Adrian began studying the guitar at an early age. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree studying under Dr. Alexander Dunn at the University of Victoria and a Master of Music degree from the University of Ottawa, where he studied with renowned guitarist/composer Patrick Roux. He has performed in the master classes of many great guitarists including Pepe Romero, David Tanenbaum, Roland Dyens, Nigel North, Paul-André Gagnon, Michael Partington, Brian Johanson, Ron MacFarlane, William Kannengeiser, Adam Holzman, Fabio Zanon, Benjamin Verdery, Judicaël Perroy, and Philip Candelaria.
Adrian Verdejo has been awarded numerous scholarships and top prizes in guitar competitions in Canada and the United States including the Canadian National Music Festival and the Northwest Guitar Festival in Seattle. He has also received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and is a contributing writer for the Encylopedia of Music in Canada.
Verdejo has performed many major works in the classical guitar repertoire, specializing in the interpretation of contemporary music with equal proficiency in classical and electric guitar styles. He has commissioned and premiered a number of new works from composers, many written specifically for him.
In addition to his solo performances, Adrian plays with his sister in Duo Verdejo and with the Victoria Guitar Trio. He has performed with the Aventa Ensemble and has an ongoing collaboration with flautist Diana Lam. Several of his performances have been broadcast on radio and television.
Adrian is a devoted and enthusiastic music educator who teaches a wide variety of styles, ages, and levels. His students consistently excel, winning top prizes in music competitions and guitar festivals. Many of his past students have gone on to pursue professional music studies and others are actively composing and performing their own music.