Oren Fader is highly regarded as a performer of classical and electric guitar repertoire, solo and chamber, traditional and contemporary. Reviewing his solo New York City recital, Guitar Review magazine stated: “His scholarship, technique, and intelligent musicianship are plainly evident and the beauty of his tone is consistently compelling.”
The New York Times recently reviewed concerts by Mr. Fader on 4 different occasions:
“The guitarist Oren Fader, the work’s third featured performer, played brilliantly.”; “But the real find in the Fireworks set was Charles Wuorinen’s Sonata for Guitar and Piano in a sensitive performance by Mr. Fader and Mr. Johnston.”; “Particularly striking in this account of “DW2” were the virtuosic violin solos by Miranda Cuckson, Oren Fader’s inventive contributions on the electric guitar and Carol McGonnell’s mesmerizingly insistent clarinet playing.”; “Oren Fader, a guitarist, played with confidence and style.” Reviewing his latest CD, “First Flight”, Guitar Review noted “Oren Fader serves up a nourishing feast of new music…Fader’s skill, particularly his conductor-like understanding is palpable on every track.”
Mr. Fader has performed in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States. Concerto performances include the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the New Jersey and Omaha Symphonies, David Del Puerto’s new concerto, “Zephyr”, with the New Paths in Music Ensemble, and the Vivaldi D Major Concerto, with the Manchester Music Festival.
In addition to performing as a soloist, Mr. Fader is much in demand as a New York City chamber musician. He has performed hundreds of concerts with a wide range of classical and new music groups, including the Met Chamber Ensemble (directed by James Levine), New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Absolute Ensemble, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, American Composers’ Orchestra, Argento Ensemble, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Music from Japan, New Amsterdam Singers, New York Festival of Song, Da Capo Chamber Players, Festival Chamber Music, North Country Chamber Players, and Speculum Musicae. Festival performances include Aspen, Tanglewood, Bach Oregon Festival, Istanbul Festival, Deer Valley Festival (Utah), Yellow Barn, Bard Music Festival, and Morelia, Mexico.
Mr. Fader is well known for his performances of contemporary music. He has premiered or recorded over 200 solo and chamber works with guitar, many as a member of the Award-winning new music group Cygnus Ensemble, including compositions by Babbitt, Wuorinen, Machover, Biscardi, Currier, Naito, and many others. He has worked closely with composers such as Babbitt, Boulez, Carter, Davidovsky, and David Lang. Recent performance highlights include two seasons at the Tanglewood Music Festival, performing works of Carter, Davidovsky, and Chin, and tours around the globe with his chamber group Poetica Musica, performing in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Copenhagen, Iceland, Gayana, Israel, Jordan, and Tajikistan.
Mr. Fader can be heard on over 45 commercial recordings, in repertoire ranging from the 16th Century (Dowland) to the 21st (Carter). Recent solo releases include “First Flight,” ten premiere solo guitar pieces written for Mr. Fader, and “Another’s Fandango,” featuring solo works from Bach to Bogdanovic, produced by Grammy Award winner Adam Abeshouse.
Other recent recording projects include new releases by the Talea Ensemble, the music of David Glaser, and the debut recording of the Anderson-Fader Guitar Duo. Mr. Fader is active in commercial film as well, recording the classical guitar parts for the film, “Everything Is Illuminated,” directed by Liev Schreiber.
Mr. Fader received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase and his Master of Music degree from Florida State University. His major teachers include David Starobin and Bruce Holzman. Since 1994 Mr. Fader has been on the guitar and chamber music faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.