Biography

The guitarist Oren Fader played Brilliantly.” — The New York Times.

“His scholarship, technique, and intelligent musicianship are plainly evident and the beauty of his tone is consistently compelling.”— Guitar Review

Guest guitarist Oren Fader brought out his instrument’s capacity for excitement and shimmering brilliance throughout “Aranjuez”.”Omaha.com

Classical and electric guitarist Oren Fader (www.orenfader.com) has performed in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States. Concerto performances include the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the New Jersey, Danbury, and Omaha Symphonies. 

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, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, Cygnus Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, ICE, Taconic Music, Argento Ensemble, New York Festival of Song, Mark Morris Dance Group, Music From Japan, Poetica Musica, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Festival performances include Aspen, Tanglewood, Mostly Modern, Bach Oregon, Istanbul, Yellow Barn, Deer Valley, Bard, Sebago Long Lake, and Morelia, Mexico. With the group Poetica Musica he has represented the United States on State Department tours including concerts and outreach in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Copenhagen, Iceland, Gayana, Israel, Jordan, and Tajikistan.

He performs frequently with mezzo soprano Jessica Bowers as the Bowers Fader Duo. For each of the past 4 years, they have presented “New American Art Songs for Mezzo and Guitar”, a program of songs written for the duo. To date, the duo has presented the world premiere of over 25 pieces. Their first recording, “Between Us All” (New Focus Recordings) has gotten excellent press from Opera News and American Record Guide. 

Mr. Fader is well known for his performances of contemporary music. He has premiered over 200 solo and chamber works with guitar, and can be heard on 50 commercial recordings and film, including classical guitar parts for the films “Everything Is Illuminated,” (Schreiber) and “Little Women” (Gerwig). His solo recordings include “Another’s Fandango”, featuring 500 years of guitar music (produced by Grammy Award winner Adam Abeshouse), and “First Flight”, a disc of 10 premiere solos written for Mr. Fader by New York City composers.

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. He is also on the guitar faculty of SUNY Purchase and Borough of Manhattan Community College.