Conservatory Faculty

Ralph Maier

Ralph Maier

B.Mus., M.Mus., PhD

Strings Instructor: Guitar

rmaier@mtroyal.ca

Ralph Maier has been engaging audiences in Canada and abroad for over 30 years with his sensitive interpretations and natural technical facility. His concert programs cover a broad range of periods from Renaissance to Contemporary, and his performances have been broadcast on television and radio.

Maier is in demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician on classical guitar and period instruments, concertizing frequently, and he is a member of the Oberon Guitar Trio. He completed his PhD at the University of Calgary, specializing in 16th-century Spanish music for vihuela. He currently teaches private lessons and ensemble classes at the Mount Royal University Conservatory, and heads the classical guitar studio and teaches music history and popular music studies at the University of Calgary.

Maier's first solo CD, The Art of Vihuela, was released in the winter of 2008. Recent projects include the recording, engineering and production of his most recent CD, Variations, with performances on vihuela and Baroque, romantic, classical and electric guitar.