Bahar Ossareh is an Iranian-Canadian classical guitarist who is committed to bringing the beauty of guitar music to the attention of her audiences. Her passion for sharing her love of music with others has led to her development as a skilled and expressive performer. She is admired for her warm sound, soulful performances, accomplished stage presence, and innovative repertoire choice. Ossareh often performs pieces from around the world including, for example, Canada, US, Turkey, Spain, and Latin America, as well as Persian contemporary compositions and her arrangements of Iranian folk songs. Canadian guitarist and composer William Beauvais praised her as: “A player of tremendous expressive range, who enchants listeners.” and has dedicated his new composition “Bhagom” to her.
In 2016 Bahar moved to Canada and, to date, has performed as both a soloist and chamber musician with established organizations and orchestras. Among these are: the Guitar Society of Toronto, Guitar Hamilton, Musical Lives Cambridge, Niagara Guitar Orchestra, and Brock University Guitar Orchestra. As a performer and lecturer, Ossareh is invited to the prestigious Miami International GuitART Festival 2019 as well as 9th international Hamilton Guitar Festival 2019. Also, she will be performing as the concerto soloist with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, October 5th, 2019.
Ossareh is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto and has received her Master of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from University of Art, Tehran. She is an active artist and instructor of tonebase team which is the world’s largest community of classical guitarists. Bahar also specializes in music pedagogy. As founder of the first Iranian Kids’ Guitar Orchestra, she has arranged and composed more than 20 classical and popular pieces for this orchestra of 24 guitars. Now, with more than 12 years of music education, she pursues her love of music by continuing as a guitar player and instructor in the Greater Toronto Area.