Simon Farintosh

BMus (UVic); MMus (UWM)

Simon Farintosh (b. 1995) is an award-winning classical guitarist from the west coast of Canada.  Please note: Simon currently teaches Classical Guitar for the Victoria Conservatory of Music via online instruction only.

Simon earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at The University of Victoria where he studied with Dr. Alexander Dunn, acclaimed guitarist and protege to Pepe Romero. Recently, Simon completed his Master’s Degree at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a student and teaching assistant to famed virtuoso Rene Izquierdo.

Simon has garnered top awards at various competitions in Canada and the US, including 1st Prize at the 2018 Northwest Guitar Festival & Competition, 1st Prize in the 2020 Quebec International Music Competition, and 2nd Prize in the 2015 Canadian National Music Festival. Simon is also a four-time recipient of the British Columbia Arts Council Award and the winner of the 2017 UVic Musical Arts Scholarship. He has been a featured artist for events and organizations such as the VCM Summer Guitar Academy, The Classical Guitar Society of Tri-Cities (WA) and Madison Classical Guitar Society (WI).