Canadian Guitarist Aaron Brock Dies at 31

Classic Arts News   Canadian Guitarist Aaron Brock Dies at 31
Aaron Robin Brock, guitarist, composer and professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, died on August 3 at age 31. The announcement came this week from the Montreal-based record label Analekta.

Brock had just released Toccata, his debut CD, on Analekta, and was preparing for a 2006-07 concert schedule that was to include a performance with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra.

Brock received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Toronto and his doctorate and performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, where he was the inaugural recipient of the Andr_s Segovia Award.

He made his professional debut in 1996 with the Toronto Senior Strings conducted by Victor Feldbrill. He won numerous prizes and awards, including first place at the Rantoucci Guitar Competition and the Appalachian Guitarfest Competition.

His website lists his defining musical moments as hearing Glenn Gould's 1955 recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations for the first time as a teenager, and listening to the St. Lawrence String Quartet premiere his own first String Quartet.

According to the announcement, he was in good health, and died in his sleep from unexpected heart failure.

His motto was "have guitar, will travel."

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