Born in Montreal, Canada, Patrick Kearney won his first national competition in Ottawa at the age of ten. He pursued his studies with Daniel Boyer and Jacques Joubert at Vanier College. He completed his Superior Diploma in Performance at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, with the highest honours under the direction of Rafaël Andia and Alberto Ponce.
An international competitor and touring artist, Patrick has performed in concert and conducted master classes on numerous tours throughout Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Canada. In 1997 he completed his Master’s Degree under the guidance of Peter McCutcheon.
He has commissioned and premiered several works by contemporary composers such as Harry Stafylakis, Andrew Zohn, Atanas Ourkouzounov, Jay Kauffman, Ginette Bellevance, and Robert F. Jones, and has inspired composers such as Daniel Boyer and Claude Engel to dedicate new works to him.
Patrick Kearney has released four guitar albums: Bouquet (1997); Stringendo (2002), nominated for the prestigious OPUS Prize; Diabolico (2004), and in 2009 works by M.Manuel Ponce.
Mr. Kearney teaches guitar at Concordia University in Montreal as well as at Vanier College. He is the founder and director of the Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition.