Oren Fader is active as a performer of classical guitar repertoire, both traditional and contemporary. Reviewing his solo New York recital, Guitar Review magazine stated: “His scholarship, technique, and intelligent musicianship are plainly evident, and the beauty of his tone is consistently compelling.” He has performed in London, Tokyo, Munich, Amsterdam, Montreal, Maui, Russia, Mexico, and throughout the United States. Concerto performances include the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Other solo appearances include the North Country Chamber Players, Queensboro Orchestra, Manchester Music Festival Chamber Symphony, and the Riverside Symphony. Recent chamber and orchestral performances include Music from Japan, Da Camera Houston, Sequitur, American Composers’ Orchestra, Music at the Anthology, Absolute Ensemble, New World Symphony, Speculum Musicae, New Amsterdam Singers, Glimmerglass Opera, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Met Chamber Ensemble, New York City Ballet, and the New York Festival of Song.
Fader is well known for his performance of contemporary music. Of a performance of Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronisms #10 for guitar and electronic tape, the New York Times wrote: “Oren Fader gave the guitar part a polished, energetic performance that was precisely matched to the tape sounds.” As a member of the award-winning new music ensembles Cygnus and Parnassus, he has premiered over 30 solo and chamber works with guitar, including compositions by Babbitt, Wuorinen, Machover, Biscardi, Currier, Naito, Pollock, and others. CRI recently released the Cygnus ensemble’s first disc, featuring works written for the group. Oren Fader can be heard on over 15 recordings, in repertoire ranging from the 19th century to the late 20th century.
Fader received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase and his Master of Music (Performance) degree from Florida State University. He has been on the guitar faculty and directed the Guitar Chamber Music program at the Manhattan School of Music.