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Tim Bedner

Director of Guitar Ensemble & Performance Instructor: Jazz Guitar; Jazz Camp Instructor


Tim Bedner is a modern lyrical composer and improviser, and an award-winning teacher and performer on six- and seven-string guitar. Reviewers have called him “a talent and a force, playing with grace, style, passion, and inventiveness.” His CD recording “Of Light and Shadow” debuted in the #1 spot of the CMJ jazz chart, where it remained in the Top 40 for four weeks.

Tim received his undergraduate training at Berklee College of Music (Boston), graduating summa cum laude, and a Masters Degree with distinction in Jazz Performance at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh). Tim was an adjunct professor of guitar at Duquesne University for 8 years. Since relocating to Ottawa he has been hired as a performance instructor for jazz guitar at Carleton University and is the founding director of the Contemporary Guitar Ensemble. Tim teaches privately, offers workshops, and is the assistant director of the Carleton University Summer Jazz Camp.

A gifted and sought-after accompanist, he has performed with many well known musicians across a variety of genres. Tim has shared a stage with artists as diverse as jazz guitar icon John Abercrombie, national fingerstyle champion Pat Donohue (NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor), Broadway diva Bernadette Peters, the Segovia of jazz guitar Gene Bertoncini, fusion band Spirogyra, Toronto jazz guitar legend Lorne Lofsky, Ottawa jazz guitarist and educator Roddy Ellias, saxophonist and composer Oliver Lake, Pittsburgh veteran jazz drummer Roger Humphries, Juno-nominated Vancouver guitar man Bill Coon, Montreal Juno-winning guitarist Mike Rud, flamenco guitarist Marija Temo, bluesman Ernie Hawkins, and members of The Fringe (George Garzone & John Lockwood) and the New York Voices.