Ernst Birss is a classical guitarist and guitar teacher from Edmonton, Alberta. His many performances in the Edmonton area include concerts for the McDougall Music Wednesdays at Noon series and the Edmonton Classical Guitar Society’s main series. He has given the Classical Guitar Society of Calgary’s annual "Alberta Showcase" concert, and has appeared on the Wednesdays@Winspear series in a guitar trio concert with Trevor Sanders and David Grainger Brown that was later broadcast on the CBC Radio program Our Music. The trio were invited guests at the Northwest Guitar Festival in Calgary and have performed for the St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series
In recent years Ernst has worked extensively with soprano Merrill Tanner. Ernst and Merrill have performed for various concert presenters and festivals, including the Music Wednesdays at Noon series, the St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series, the Arts Jasper series in Jasper, Alberta, the Edmonton Classical Guitar Society's main concert series, and the concert series at the Shurniak Gallery in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan.
Ernst Birss is a first prize winner in the Northwest Guitar Competition, an annual event open to classical guitarists from Western Canada and the American Pacific Northwest. He was also a performer in the 20th annual Christopher Parkening Masterclass in Bozeman, Montana, and was one of the students chosen to play in the masterclass recital at Reynolds Hall. He has been adjudicator at the Grant MacEwan Conservatory's Fall Music Festival, the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival, the Red Deer Music Festival and the Canadian Music Competition national auditions. He performs frequently at weddings, receptions and other special occasions in the Edmonton area, and has also been vice-president and president of the Edmonton Classical Guitar Society.