Stanton C. Jack is one of the new generation of Canadian classical guitarists. He combines technical excellence with musical sensitivity, expressed through the uniquely rich and varied tonal language of the guitar.
Stanton’s academic studies began at Capilano College where he studied guitar with Stephen Boswell. He then moved on to the UBC School of Music where he was a teaching assistant for the Guitar Division and completed his Masters of Music degree in Guitar Performance in 2006 after studies with Michael Strutt. He has attended master classes with the world famous virtuoso Pepe Romero, and also William Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
As a soloist, Stanton has performed a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque suites of J.S. Bach and S.L. Weiss, to the folkloric inspired music of Spain, South America and Africa. Highlights include his dynamic performance of the famous Joaquin Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez with the UBC Sinfonietta, and the fiery Spanish flavored guitar and choir work, Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco performed with the Oratorio Chamber Singers.
Stanton has also enjoyed a successful career as a recording artist. CD releases include, Soul of the Guitar, Stanton C. Jack and Friends, and his most recent recording Caminos, featuring Latin American guitar music from Brazil and Argentina.
Currently Stanton has been performing in many different chamber ensemble settings. This includes the exciting flute and guitar ensemble Duo Trovador. The duo consists of Heather Beaty on flute and Stanton Jack on guitar. Their repertoire ranges from the classical works of Faure, Debussy, and Saint-Saens, to the edgy street tangos of Astor Piazzolla. Stanton is also working with fellow classical guitarist and colleague, Louise Southwood. The two have recently formed the Vancouver Guitar Duo, and have been performing some fantastic original duo guitar arrangements, creating a new spark on the classical guitar scene. Stanton is also a member of Vancouver’s professional Art-Song group, Erato Ensemble. This is an exciting musical experience with the guitar featured in many different ensemble settings.
Stanton is also keeping quite busy as an educator, teaching at the VSO School of Music where he is head of the guitar and harp department, and at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.