Adrian Verdejo is a Canadian-Mexican guitarist, recording artist, podcaster, and music educator based in Vancouver, the territories of the Coast Salish xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ nations.
Described as “the go-to guy for new music featuring guitar” (Vancouver Sun) and a “Musician’s musician” (Vancouver Courier), Verdejo has commissioned, premiered and arranged numerous original pieces for both classical and electric guitars.
He performs as a soloist, and with the McGregor-Verdejo Duo. He has also played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Turning Point, Aventa Ensemble, and he is a founding member of the Victoria Guitar Trio and Duo Verdejo.
In 2018, he was nominated with the Victoria Guitar Trio for a Western Canadian Music Award for their album Concentric Rings. His debut solo album Modern Hearts was listed among the “Top 10 Albums of 2014” in Vancouver’s Georgia Straight. He is currently producing a solo guitar album with a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts album to be released on Redshift Records, where he can be heard playing on several other albums featuring new music from Canada.
Adrian is a classical guitar instructor at the Vancouver Community College and Douglas College Schools of Music. He also teaches classes in guitar sight reading, guitar ensemble, and preparatory music studies.
Verdejo holds degrees from the University of Ottawa (MMus), University of Victoria (BMus), and Capilano University, where he studied with guitarists Patrick Roux, Dr. Alexander Dunn, and Stephen Boswell. He has performed in master classes of many renowned guitarists including Pepe Romero, David Tanenbaum, Nigel North, Ben Verdery and Fabio Zanon.
Adrian is the host of Redshift Radio, a podcast featuring long-form interviews and discussions with Canadian composers and performers. When not working on Classical Music, Adrian enjoys dabbling in Electronic Music, and improvised musical idioms. He is also the President of the Board of Directors for the Redshift Music Society.