About Dale Kavanagh

Canadian-born Dale Kavanagh is acclaimed as one of the guitar world´s most gifted interpreters.

Between 1986 and 1988 Ms. Kavanagh was a top prize-winner in Spain’s  “Segovia Competition,” Italy’s “Gargnano Competition,” Switzerland’s “Neuchatel Competition,” and  First and Special Prize winner in Finland’s “Scandinavian International Guitar Competition.”

Dale Kavanagh studied at Acadia University with Ken Davidson,  Dalhousie University with Carol van Feggelen, the University of Toronto, with Eli Kassner, The Banff Center with Manuel Barrueco and Oscar Ghiglia, and completed her graduate studies with the Solisten Diplom at the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel with Oscar Ghiglia, in Switzerland.


Dale Kavanagh performs internationally as a soloist, and in concertos with orchestra.  She also is part of the Amadeus Guitar Duo with German guitarist Thomas Kirchhoff. She has given over one thousand recitals in more than forty countries, and is a regular recitalist and teacher in music festivals throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia.

As a guest soloist with Orchestra, Ms. Kavanagh has performed on many occasions with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Würtemberger Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestras of Ankara, Izmir and Antalya, the Edmonton Symphony, Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha, to mention a few.


Dale Kavanagh is Professor of Guitar at the Musikhochschule in Detmold, Germany.  She held the appointment of  “Musician in Residence” at Acadia University between 2003-2010.


Dale was an exclusive artist with (Hänssler Classic) since 1999 which enabled Dale to make seventeen (17) CDs. She is now a Naxos Artist with more CDs in the works.  She has received superlative reviews in many international magazines including Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar Magazine, Fono-Forum, Hi-Fi-Vision, Gendai Guitar, Gitarre & Laute, La Cahir de la Guitare, Musikblatt, Staccato, Soundboard Magazine, Gitar och Luta.


Dale is currently very engaged with composing and has recently written pieces for The Marlow International Guitar Youth Competition, Aniello Desiderio, Costas Cotsiolis, Giampaolo Bandini, Emma Rush, ChromaDuo, Irina Kulikova and many more.

Dale Kavanagh  plays D’Addario strings and a guitar by Antonio Müller.