Already well established as one of Canada's top classical guitarists, Philip Candelaria is now becoming recognized internationally as one of the finest performers of his generation. Winner of several national competitions in Canada and the USA, Philip Candelaria was also the first North American to win the dégre excellence at the Bartoli International Guitar Competition in France. Now, Candelaria regularly tours across Canada, and has performed extensively in the United States and South America, as well as in Europe and the Caribbean.
Philip Candelaria has performed at international festivals in Canada, the USA, Jamaica, and Argentina. His recordings have been described as "dazzling", "distinguished", and "masterful". He has also been featured on numerous television broadcasts as well as CBC radio broadcasts in Canada, overseas and on American, Jamaican and Chilean radio.
Born in Connecticut, Philip Candelaria was trained at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. and at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where, with the generous support of the Canada Council, he completed his Master's degree in guitar performance, studying with Aaron Shearer.
Mr. Candelaria is on the music faculties of both Cambrian College and Laurentian University and gives regular masterclasses at the University of Ottawa as a member of the ensemble-in-residence, the Canadian Guitar Quartet. As a guest artist his masterclasses are popular throughout Canada, the USA and Chile. As well, Candelaria has adjudicated guitar competitions at the national and international levels and is committed to involving young people with music—both through running a Suzuki guitar program and by making school concerts and workshops part of his touring schedule every season.