A b o u t
Adam Gesjorskyj's experience as a guitarist spans a wide variety of musical styles. Frequently composing, arranging and performing in the fingerstyle acoustic genre, he released his first original recording, entitled Nostalgia, in 2000. As a classical guitarist, Adam has showcased his talents with numerous groups, including Arcady and Duo Acorde, and appears regularly as a solo performer. He frequently takes the stage as a guitarist of popular styles with Allemande, Phill Botting and Williamson Drive.
Adam's guitar studies began in 1989 at the Eric Golding Studio of Guitar in Hamilton, Ontario, where he developed his general musicianship and technical skills in the modern guitar style (plectrum guitar). Upon building a strong foundation in musical theory and performance, his lessons naturally progressed to a focus on classical guitar technique and repertoire. Well prepared by Eric Golding, Adam furthered his classical guitar education at McMaster University under the instruction of celebrated guitarist and pedagogue Jeffrey McFadden. His musicality and technical capacity were immensely refined and expanded over his four years of study with McFadden, during which time he simultaneously earned bachelor's degrees in Science (Honours Mathematics and Statistics) and Arts (Music, Summa Cum Laude). While continuing his practice and performance in the modern and classical guitar genres, Adam began his self-study of the fingerstyle steel string acoustic guitar style. Tommy Emmanuel, Billy McLachlan and Stephen Fearing have been major influences on his learning, performance and composition of music in this genre.
Over the years, Adam has been honoured to receive several awards of recognition. Among these achievements are two Royal Conservatory of Music Silver Medal Awards, a Patricia Majcher Award for the Arts, numerous awards from local music competitions and two Hamilton Arts Awards nominations as an Emerging Artist. He was also the recipient of a Premier's Award for Teaching Excellence (Teacher of the Year).
Adam currently teaches mathematics at St. John's College in Brantford, Ontario, where he is active as a director and performer in numerous musical projects, ensembles and productions. He also frequently teaches private guitar lessons and provides arranging and recording services from his home studio. In addition to his musical interests, Adam enjoys flying small airplanes and dabbling in video production. He lives happily in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife, Elizabeth, and his daughter, Victoria.
"...there are not words to describe how amazing your talent is."
"Fantastic and flawless! Bravo!"
"Adam, your music was angelic."