ABOUT ROB

BIOGRAPHY

In a career spanning over two decades, Rob Tardik has established himself as an award winning guitarist and contemporary jazz/world instrumental music artist. He has performed at venues all across North America, including the prestigious Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto. Rob enjoyed a stellar release with his 2011/12 3rd CD release Balance, Energy, Laughter, Love (B.E.L.L.) which spawned 3 U.S Billboard singles two of which went Top 10. Rob was featured on the cover story for the Oct/Nov 2012 issue of Smooth Jazz News Magazine and his single “Christmas Morning” was Billboards most added holiday track in 2012. B.E.L.L. has also made the top 50 list of 2012 on SmoothJazz.com coming in at #15 and was a top 10 album (#6) for 2011 in “Smooth Jazz News magazine”. Café Jazz Radio named Rob the #1 Canadian Smooth Jazz Artist for 2011 and B.E.L.L. its #1 CD for 2011 as well, and “East meets Wes” the #1 single of the year.

 

Rob just recently placed 1st overall in the instrumental category, in the prestigious 2017 IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards), for his acoustic fingerstyle song titled “Voyageur” off his Moments album. He is now currently working on his upcoming 6th album SYNERGY due out this fall 2017. His 2016 holiday track “Christmas Moments” and his sultry fall romantic single, “Eros” (Passion) both debuted as one of the most added tracks on the Billboard U.S Smooth Jazz charts, off his 5th Album “Moments” which was released in November 2015. His earlier two singles in 2016, “Right of Passage” and “HangTime” were the #1 most added new tracks on the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts and made it to #35 on the chart. Rob released his 4th studio CD release “Limitless” which debuted at the end of summer 2013. His first single “One World” went to #1 on the charts for 3 weeks in summer/fall 2013. In 2010, Rob won the prestigious Canadian Smooth Jazz Guitarist of the Year; and held the #1 spot on the U.S.-based, Music Choice Contemporary Jazz charts for 4 weeks in Sept/Oct 2010. Rob is currently on the guitar faculty at Centennial College, Metal Works Institute, and the Merriam School of Music and studied music at York University in Toronto and has worked for Roland Canada as a guitar product specialist. Rob also holds diplomas in both recording engineering from TRW and in Media Arts from Humber College. Rob has also been honored being named Mississauga’s 2007 “Established Performer of the Year” for his musical contributions, an award won previously by Oscar Peterson and Rik Emmett. Rob is currently endorsed by Godin Guitars, Roland Canada and D’Addario Music.

Some of Rob's MUSIC GEAR
  • Custom Godin Multiac Acoustics/ Passion Series Electric Guitars/ MultiUke
  • Andalusian Flamenco Guitar
  • T.C Electronic G Natural/ Yamaha AG- Stomp Multi Effects Acoustic pre-amp / Radial Acoustic Pre-Amp/DI
  • Custom made pedal boards with various pedals from Wampler, Strymon, Boss, Radial, Dunlop, EP Booster
  • Roland VG-88 guitar processor
  • Roland KC-350 monitors for acoustic tone, Roland Cube 60 practice amp
  • 91 Fender Strat Plus
  • Crate VFX 212 Tube 50 watt combo amp
  • Evidence Audio cables
  • D'Addario EXP46 hard tension nylon guitar strings

BELL Guitar

AWARDS

2007 Mississauga Arts Award - Established Performer of the Year

2010 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award - Guitarist of the Year

Rob Tardik is honoured to be endorsed by D'Addario Canada
:: manufacturer of fine musical instruments and accessories...
"I have been using their strings for all my nylon and electric guitars forever. Their Hard Tension EXP46 Nylon strings last 3-4 times longer, hold their clarity and intonation and don't turn green on me after a weekend of gigs!"
~ Rob Tardik
...Endorses Rob Tardik
"I can honesty say that the Godin Multiac has been my bread and butter guitar for the last decade. Gig after gig, its reliability, tone, and flexibility of use in so many crossover genres that I perform in has been nothing short of amazing. Having the balance of the nylon strings, synth access, ease of playability and lack of feedback makes it my #1 choice for a gigging instrument and for all my musical needs! Thanks Godin for building such a unique and exciting instrument!"

~ Rob Tardik