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15th August 2018 (Wednesday) - 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)


Derek Gripper

Hemispheres, the world music series based at PSAS in Fremantle, is now well into its second year... and it just gets better! With ever increasing international involvement we’re delighted to announce our next concert features the truly unique South African guitarist, Derek Gripper. And thanks to a recommendation by former ABC Radio National Planet producer, Doug Spencer, who spotted him on the Adelaide Guitar Festival program, Derek has agreed to perform in Fremantle en route back to Cape Town.

An established classical guitarist Derek has a long-held passion for the West African 21-string kora (harp), a tradition primarily the domain of Manding Jali or Griot musicians who are the anointed storytellers and keepers of the flame. It took Derek Gripper untold hours of painstaking work to transcribe note-for-note the complex compositions of Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté and find a way of playing them on classical six-string guitar. The results appeared on his ninth album, One Night on Earth, marking a meeting point of the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots.

Critical acclaim was quick to follow. Classical guitar legend John Williams said he thought it was “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it”. Kora legend, Toumani Diabaté, himself asked for confirmation that it was indeed just one person playing one guitar. Both immediately invited Derek to collaborate with them after hearing his recording One Night on Earth and its follow up Libraries on Fire which won the Songlines Award for “Best Album Africa and Middle East". Derek performed with Williams at London’s Shakespeare’s Globe and King’s Place and with Diabaté and his Symmetric Orchestra at the Acoustik Festival Bamako, Mali.

Our recent Hemispheres concerts with the UK artists, Lost Brothers and Eddy Jay and Will Pound were a great success and we’re expecting another generous audience for this remarkable guitarist who’s reshaping the boundaries of the classic six-string guitar. Book early.

Venue: PSAS - 22 Pakenham St, Fremantle (Bar facilities available)

Tickets: Available from TicketBooth.

More Information: View Facebook Event.

21st August 2018 (Tuesday) - 1.10pm (Lunchtime)

Classical Guitar Showcase

WAAPA’s guitar students share their talent, inspiration, and visions of musical beauty, in a selection of ensemble and guitar solo performances.

Venue: Music Auditorium, WAAPA (2 Bradford St Mt Lawley)


24th Aug 2018 (Friday) - 1:00pm

UWA Guitar Studio Lunchtime Concert

Come hear some of Western Australia’s most talented young guitarists perform an exciting concert of solo and ensemble repertoire for the guitar.

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA


24th August 2018 (Friday) - 7:30pm

Chrystian Dozza: My Brazil

Performed by: Chrystian Dozza (Brazil)

One of the most exciting Brazilian classical guitarists on the international scene, Chrystian Dozza came to prominence as a member of the internationally-acclaimed Quarternaglia Guitar Quartet. He is renowned for his delectable musical compositions that elegantly encapsulate the spirit of modern Brazil—combining folk and Jazz influences, poetic classical sophistication, and eye-popping guitar virtuosity. Chystian will perform a stunning selection of his solo guitar music and will be joined by WAAPA guitar students for special performances of some of his larger works.

Venue: Music Auditorium, WA Academy of Performing Arts (2 Bradford St Mt Lawley)

Tickets: $30 full; $25 conc/friends; Phone (08) 9370 6895 or purchase tickets online.

25th - 26th August 2018

WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival

The WA International Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival is an annual event hosted by the Classical Guitar Society. It provides a unique opportunity for ensembles to perform in a formal yet supportive environment. It fosters camaraderie and pedagogical exchanges amongst participants and contributes to the over-all artistic and cultural enrichment of the community.

The 30th WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival will be held at Carine Senior High School, 51 Everingham St Carine, on Saturday, 25 August and Sunday, 26 August 2018. The 2018 adjudicator will be Brazillian guitarist Chrystian Dozza.

Click here for more information.

27th August 2018 (Monday) - 7pm to 9pm

Masterclass with Chrystian Dozza

Venue: Kurongkurl Katijin Gallery (Building 15, Central Ave, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley)

Free to attend/observe. All welcome. Enquires j.paget@ecu.edu.au.

8th September 2018 (Saturday) - 4:00pm

Spring Concert! Mandolins and more in concert.

Masataka Hori – mandolin; Duncan Gardiner - classical guitar ; Setsu Masuda – piano; West Australian Mandolin Orchestra

Euphoria is a new collaboration which brings together one of the world’s finest mandolinists, Masataka Hori, with the exquisite guitar and piano duo, mimi duo (Duncan Gardiner – guitar and Setsu Masuda – piano), and the combined forces of the wonderful West Australian Mandolin Orchestra. This combination of mandolin, guitar, piano and orchestra promises a concert filled with fun and energy. The musicians will present gorgeous music from Spain, Italy, Japan and Australia, including numerous original works. Vivaldi’s sparkling mandolin Concerto in C Major and the rhythmical guitar concerto Spanish Impressions form the centrepiece of the program. The trio comprising Hori, Gardiner and Masuda will also present two acclaimed pieces dedicated to the victims and survivors of the tsunami disaster that affected vast areas of Japan in 2011.

Venue: Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre (48 Canning Road, Kalamunda)

Tickets: $30 adult / $25 concession (http://www.trybooking.com/396544).

Web: www.masataka-hori.com / www.mimiduo.com.au / www.wamo.com.au;

Videos: The Bee; Sakura; Remembrance

To download an event flyer, click here.

9th September 2018 (Sunday) - 2:00pm

WA Classical Guitar Players' Forum

Presented by the WA Classical Guitar Society and Instrumental Music School Services

This unique event gives students the opportunity to practice performing in front of a supportive live audience. It is open to all students and small ensembles from beginners to advanced.

Venue: School of Instrumental Music, 150 Guildford Rd Maylands (access from Peninsular Ave)

Expressions of interest to Steven Sutherland on 0405 535 149 or email steven.sutherland2@education.wa.edu.au.

For information about the forums, click here.

To download an event flyer, click here.

Fridays 4 Aug – 14 Sept 2018 (4-6pm)

Accelerate! Guitars

Accelerate! Guitars is UWA's new elite performance training program designed for classical guitarists in years 10- 12 who are looking to take their playing to the next level!

Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with Head of Guitar Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald, as well as some very special guests!

The program includes a wide-range of practical activities including workshops and masterclasses where participants will receive expert individualised input on their current repertoire, and address topics such as practise strategies, technique, nail shape and care, interpretation, and performance.

The program will culminate in a joint performance with the UWA Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble at the Perth International Classical Guitar Festival.

Places are strictly limited and entry is via audition. Full scholarships are provided so there is no cost to participants.

How to apply:
For more information and audition requirements, please visit http://www.music.uwa.edu.au/community/accelerate!-guitars.

12-16 September 2018

Perth International Classical Guitar Festival

The UWA Conservatorium of Music invites you to join us for the first Perth International Classical Guitar Festival. Over five days, enjoy a jam-packed program featuring local, national and international artists including Craig Ogden, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Josinaldo Costa and the Perth Guitar Quartet, as well as the cream of Western Australia’s young emerging artists.

Be treated to a variety of performances from soloists, duos and ensembles, as well as the Australian Premier of Andy Scott’s Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra (2017), commissioned by the UWA Conservatorium of Music.

The Festival will also include masterclasses, workshops, open rehearsals and demonstrations – allowing you to dive in and immerse yourself in all things guitar!


Converge | Perth Guitar Quartet

Wednesday 12 Sept | 5.30pm | Callaway Auditorium

Join us for the launch of the festival with a free performance by the Perth Guitar Quartet, WA’s premier professional guitar ensemble.

Formed in 2013, Perth Guitar aim to feature Australian works for guitar with a specific focus on expanding the repertoire through new commissions by local Perth composers. The members of the Perth Guitar Quartet are Melissa Fitzgerald, Chris Kotchie, Jameson Feakes, and Robert Parker. They have all established themselves as in-demand performers and teachers in Perth and internationally.

The residencies of Craig Ogden and Josinaldo Costa are made possible thanks to the Royal Over-Seas League Visiting Artist Scheme.


Weekend Festival Pass
(4 Concerts plus all Workshops & Masterclasses)
$80 Standard
$60 Concession

One-Day Festival Ticket
(2 Concerts plus Workshops & Masterclasses)
$45 Standard
$32 Concession
Individual sessions as priced below


Saturday 15 Sept
Next Generation

2.30pm-3.30pm | Perth Town Hall | $20/$15

Featuring Guitarstrophe (The Western Australian Guitar Ensemble), soloists and small ensembles from the UWA Guitar Studio this concert includes a special performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint by UWA’s Moretti Ensemble and students from the Accelerate! Guitar program. Don’t miss the next generation of Perth’s classical guitarists in concert.

Saturday 15 Sept
Craig Ogden in Recital

6.30pm-8pm | Perth Town Hall | $30/$22.5

UWA graduate and Classic FM chart-topping artist Craig Ogden returns to Perth to perform a solo recital featuring all your favourite works. Joining forces with fellow UWA graduate and his former student Don Candy, in addition to performing amazing solos works, this concert is sure to please!

Sunday 16 September
Josinaldo Costa in Recital

2.30pm-3.30pm | Perth Town Hall | $20/$15

Brazilian guitarist Josinaldo Costa is in demand as a solo artist and chamber musician, with performances across four continents. A celebrated concert artist, educator, and festival director, we are excited to welcome Josinaldo to Western Australia for his first solo recital in Perth.

Sunday 16 September
Craig Ogden & Friends

6.30pm – 8pm | Perth Town Hall | $30/$22.5

Craig joins forces with long-time collaborator Paul Tanner in OgdenTANNER to present some exciting works for Guitar & Percussion, before he joins the UWA Chamber Orchestra to perform the Australian Premier of Andy Scott’s Guitar Concerto co-commissioned by the UWA Conservatorium of Music.


Sat 15 Sept
MASTERCLASS | Josinaldo Costa

1-2pm | Supper Room, Perth Town Hall | FREE

Brazilian guitarist Josinaldo Costa is an accomplished teacher. He was the Director of the guitar program at Servite High School (California) for 4 years. Servite’s program is a reference in the USA, and frequently used as a model to other programs in the country and abroad. Applications to play are invited from tertiary and high-school students as well as amateurs looking to take their playing to the next level.

Sat 15 Sept
WORKSHOP | Simon Rovis-Hermann, luthier

4pm-5pm | Supper Room, Perth Town Hall | FREE

Based in Fremantle, WA, Simon is a luthier with over 30 years experience making high quality musical instruments, specialising in classical guitars, both modern and 19th century reproductions. Hear Simon talk about the process behind making these amazing instruments and gain valuable tips on instrument care and maintenance.

Sun 16 Sept

1-2pm | Supper Room, Perth Town Hall | FREE

Masterclasses are an important learning opportunity for emerging artists but they also offer students, educators and music lovers not only the opportunity to see some amazing performances, but also to get a unique insight into the process of preparing a performance with advice from expert mentors. Applications to participate in this masterclasses are sought from performers of the highest standard.

Sun 16 Sept
WORKSHOP | Aidan Deasy
Historical Instruments

4pm-5pm | Supper Room, Perth Town Hall | FREE

Aidan studied the lute at the Conservatorio ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ di Milano (Italy) under lute player Francesca Torelli and has performed as a soloist and member of numerous early music groups in northern Italy. He is in demand as a performer on lute, Baroque guitar and theorbo. In this workshop he’ll introduce you to these amazing plucked string instruments.


Carreras Guitars
Graham Hawkes Guitar Maker
Paul Sheridan Guitars
Simon Rovis-Hermann Guitars
Zenith Music


Fri 14 Sept
Shaping Young Performers: Cultivating Excellence in Pre-Tertiary Guitar Programs

5.00pm-7.00pm | UWA (inc refreshments) | $20 Standard or $60 (includes Full Weekend Festival ticket)

Brazilian guitarist Dr Josinaldo Costa is in demand as a solo artist and chamber musician, with performances across four continents. A dedicated educator, he was the Director of guitar studies at Servite High School, a private Catholic school in Los Angeles, California. During his tenure, Josinaldo developed a program that rivalled many tertiary guitar departments, both in student experience and standard of playing.

Under his guidance, the Servite classical guitar ensemble won two consecutive first prizes in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Ensemble Showcase competition. Although Servite’s program focused on ensemble playing, excellent solo playing was also cultivated at the school. Students were offered an educational experience that surpassed many University programs, including monthly guest recitals/masterclasses by artists such as Judicael Perroy, Vladimir Gorbach, Thibaut Garcia, and Duo Siqueira-Lima. Servite’s program became a reference in the USA, frequently used as a model for other programs in the country.

Based upon Dr Costa’s experience, this workshop will be a participative session for guitarists interested or currently involved in group guitar teaching. A strong focus will be given to teaching strategies designed to bring the best out of students and cultivate a culture of excellence.


Festival Information
W | perthguitarfestival.com
T | 08 6488 7836
E | concerts@uwa.edu.au

22nd September 2018 (Saturday) - 7:30pm

Grigoryan Brothers - Song Without Words

Australia’s finest guitar duo, the Grigoryan Brothers, return to Perth performing works from their latest ARIA nominated release, Songs Without Words which sees a return to classical repertoire.

The program will also include other works highlighting their diverse skills: their deep appreciation of a broad spectrum of musical styles has resulted in many collaborations involving music, both written and improvised.

Combine this with their classical training and the result is a unique sound incorporating all these influences.

Venue: Main Auditorium - Subiaco Arts Centre

Tickets: Subiaco Arts Centre Box Office - Phone (08) 6212 9292 or Book tickets online.

Click here to download the event flyer.

10th October 2018 (Wednesday) - 7:30pm

The Guitar in Dance and Dream

Music Direction by: Jonathan Paget
Performed by: Classical Guitar students, with special guest artists Silver Sands Guitar Trio

The guitar has always belonged to the people; across its history of many centuries the guitar has continued to occupy the space between both popular and elite. Much of its music is rooted in popular song and dance, but developed by its exponents with unusual artistry. A soft instrument, it cajoles us within its intimate tones, drawing us into its own interior dream world with its “six silver moonbeams.”

Venue: Music Auditorium, WA Academy of Performing Arts (2 Bradford St Mt Lawley)

Tickets: $28 full; $23 conc/friends; Phone (08) 9370 6895 or purchase tickets online.

21st Oct 2018 (Sunday) - 12-2pm

Soundboard Sundays - Classical Guitar Open Recital

Join us at the UWA Conservatorium of Music for “Soundboard Sundays”, where you can perform your current repertoire in front of a friendly and supportive audience. Whether you're preparing for a University or School assessment, an exam (WACE practical / AMEB or other grade exam) or you just want to share something you have been practicing – come along and play! All ages and abilities welcome!

Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA

Performers: participation is free, email Jonathan Fitzgerald at jonathan.fitzgerald@uwa.edu.au to book a spot.
Audience: entry is free, no bookings required.

30th October 2018 (Tuesday) - 7:00pm

Guitar Travels

The cross-cultural instrument of choice, guitar music can be found across all seven continents of the globe. Likewise, the conceit of journeying is a frequent programmatic meme, sometimes literal sometimes figurative. Join us in an evening of guitar entertainment in which WAAPA’s talented guitarists transport us through colourful and expressive musical journeys.

Venue: Kurongkurl Katijin Gallery, Building 15, Edith Cowan University, Central Ave Mt Lawley


4th Nov 2018 (Sunday) - 3pm

Callum Henshaw: National Tour

As part of his tour as the 2017 winner of the Melbourne International Concert Artist Guitar Competition, Cal performs a scintillating program of guitar artistry, featuring works by Domenico Scarlatti (Italy), Manuel M. Ponce (Mexico), Nigel Westlake (Australia) and Agustín Barrios (Paraguay).

Canberra-born classical guitarist Callum Henshaw is considered one of Australia's leading young players. He has had success in a number of major national and international competitions, including First Prize Winner at the 2012 Cordoba International Guitar Competition, the 2014 Tirana International Guitar Competition, and Third Prize at the 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Competition. Cal has studied with Minh Le Hoang and Timothy Kain, and is currently completed a doctorate at ANU. In 2016, Cal released the critically acclaimed, Echo & Return, which includes the world premiere recording, 'Bleed-through', by Australian composer, Samuel Smith. Cal performs on a Greg Smallman & Sons classical guitar and is proudly sponsored by Knobloch Strings.

Venue: Music Auditorium, WA Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University (2 Bradford St Mt Lawley)

Tickets: $30 full; $20 conc/friends; Purchase online at https://www.trybooking.com/371961.

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