IN A NUTSHELL
Heather DeRome began her career in Toronto, Canada, arranging music and performing with the theatre. She also gave solo reciatals, performing her own compositions as well as the standard guitar repertoire, and toured with Czechoslovakian cellist Vit Fiala, playing their own arrangements of classical repertoire and ancient Slavic Gypsy music.
She pursued her studies at the University of Victoria majoring in performance e and composition with high honours, having received the president's Scholarship awarded to the student holding the highest GPS in the university, as well as the Murray Adaskin prize in composition and the Judith Harreman performance award.
In recent years Heather has been focusing her expertise on the music of J.S. Bach, developing an approach to interpreting his music on the guitar, based on her own historical and theoretical findings —and on her work with Frank Koonce. She is presently active as a recording artist, an instructor, a theorist and scholar.
TEACHING KIDS! In the past 20 years, I have studied the Suzuki approach to teaching, and have taught a gaggle of kids. I think all "my" kids still play music! So proud of you all!! See the photo gallery, and join in on the smiles and laughter.
LINEAGE OF TEACHERS:
Michael Strutt, a student of Jose Tomas, who was a student of Segovia, Alirio Diaz and Emilio Pujol, who was a student of Tarrega, who was taught by his father.
Lynne Gangbar, who was a student of Eli Kassner, who was a student of Segovia, who was largely self taught.
Scott Tennant who was a student of Pepe Romerowho was a student of Pepe Romero, who was a student of Celedonio Romero, who was a student of Joaquin Turina.
Robert Priest, who was a student of Pepe Romero and a great Jimi Hendrix fan!who was a student of Pepe Romero, and a great Jimmy Hendrix fan!
Scott Tennant who was a student of Pepe Romero, who was a student of Celedonio Romero, who was a student of Joaquin Turina, who was a student of Vincent D'indy, who was a student of Cesar Frank, himself a close friend of Beethoven, student of Haydn, who was largely self taught.
ARRANGING AND EDITING THE MUSIC OF JS BACH: I have been collaborating since 2010 with guitarist Frank Koonce, who I think is one of the world's most brilliant minds, when it comes to understanding how the hands work on the guitar and how to use technique in order to achieve the highest possible musical goals.
I worked with Koonce on his Bach editions, the Cello Suites and the second edition of the Solo Lute Works, as well as on Soren Hyldgaard's Cantilenae, a wonderful set of pieces for guitar and string ensemble.
Throughout those years we worked at arranging the Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas for the guitar. Our edition, published through Les Productions D'Oz, is now available!