Brian Desjarlais is an accomplished Canadian classical guitarist, based in Victoria, BC. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Brian began studying guitar at the age of 8. His first teacher guided Brian into the realm of classical guitar music and a lifelong passion was ignited.
Brian holds a Bachelor’s of Music Performance from the University of Windsor, where he studied under acclaimed Michigan guitarist Steven Dearing. After spending a number of years teaching and performing throughout Southwestern Ontario, Brian relocated to the west coast of Canada to study with the internationally renowned guitarist Dr. Alexander Dunn at the University of Victoria. Brian completed his Masters of Music Performance degree in 2014. Throughout the years, Brian has performed in master classes with such guitar greats as Pepe Romero, Marcin Dylla and Kazuhito Yamashita.
While at the University of Windsor, Brian twice won the Arlene Janzen Memorial Scholarship for excellence in performance. In 2008 he won the Ron Ianni Scholarship, awarded to the student recognized in competition as the top performer in the school. In 2012 Brian was granted a graduate fellowship award to study at the University of Victoria.
Brian is an active performer, both as a soloist and as a member of numerous ensembles. He is a great supporter of new music, having performed in the Canadian premieres of works by David Jaffe and Tim Brady, as well as in a variety of student compositions during his time at the University of Victoria.
Brian is currently planning his debut CD, while continuing to perform and teach in Victoria.