Guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque enjoys a career that spans the spectrum of musical styles. Born in 1963 to a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, extensive travels exposed Haque to a variety of music from an early age. This natural eclecticism has become the hallmark of his music. He has performed all of the major guitar concertos, is an active transcriber of baroque, as well as South American music. He has had numerous modern works dedicated to him.
Moving easily between jazz and classical guitar, Haque's versatility has created a demand for him with prominent jazz and classical artists including members of the Vermeer Quartet and many symphony orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. He has also released five recordings as a leader: Voices Rising, Manresa, Sacred Addiction, Opaque, Déjà vu and Singh Song. He has been featured on WTTW's ArtBeat, Ben Sidran's New Visions, Michelob Presents Sunday Night on NBC, his own Lonesome Pines Special for PBS and on BET cable jazz channel. He has twice been selected Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in Down Beat magazine.
In 2001, Haque co-founded the jam super-group Garaj Mahal and joined George Brooks’ group Summit featuring Zakir Hussein and Steve Smith. He continues to record and tour with the Fareed Haque Group. Most recently he became a staple of the Jamband scene and was voted Most Valuable Player at the 2002 High Sierra Music Festival. He currently is an associate professor in jazz and classical guitar studies at Northern Illinois University.