IAN HODGES, GUITAR
Dr. Ian Hodges is one of Canada’s most versatile musicians. His professional career began in the 1980’s as an electric guitarist with top-level jazz, fusion, rock, and country bands. Ian toured all over Canada during this period, and is still active as a studio and session player, composing and recording music for theatre, film and television as well as presenting live performances – leading his own jazz combos, performing with rock, country and blues acts.
Performances as a classical guitar soloist, chamber musician, and guest soloist with outstanding ensembles such as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Musik Barock Ensemble, and the Brandon Chamber Players led the Winnipeg Free Press to describe Ian as “Manitoba’s Premiere Classical Guitarist” (November 2001).
He is the first guitarist from Manitoba to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Guitar Performance (University of Minnesota, 2010), and one of a handful in Canada to have earned this degree. Outstanding work in music performance and research at Florida State University led to a Master’s Degree and initiation into Pi Kappa Lamda, America’s National Honorary Musical Society. Additional training included extensive private study with the great Canadian guitar virtuoso Norbert Kraft, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Manitoba.
This musical versatility has led to many opportunities to write musical scores for film, television and theatre, including the Peabody Award winning NFB film “Fat Chance”, and “the Butcher”, “the Valley” and “December Man” for Prairie Theatre Exchange.