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Meet Mathew Laurenson

Each month we profile a guitarist from our Guitar Society Orchestra. This month we feature our talented conductor, Mathew Laurenson. Let's find out a little more about Mathew.

How long have you been playing the guitar?

As of this July, I will have been playing the classical guitar for eighteen years.

When did you join the orchestra?

I first joined the Guitar Society Orchestra when I was in high-school at Perth Modern School 12 years ago. Since then I have been involved intermittently as a player in the orchestra. Last year I gratefully accepted the ongoing role of conducting the Guitar Society Orchestra.

What have been your biggest achievements so far?

My biggest achievements so far have been: my engagement to my lovely fiancee Rebekah Gibbons; my education, culminating in the completion of a bachelors of music performance with honors at UWA; my recent completion of my first solo CD album titled: 'Awakening the Classical Guitar'; and my achievements with the Guitar Society Orchestra through my role as conductor.

What is your favorite piece of music?

My favorite piece right now is the title track of my CD which is called 'Awakening'. I wrote this piece the year before last, and it has turned out to be the first of many more compositions. My next CD will be a compilation of all my own compositions, and will hopefully be released some time later this year.

What kind of guitar do you play?

My guitar is made by Paul Sheridan. Paul is a Western Australian master-craftsman who specializes in carbon-fiber lattice braced guitars. His guitars are world-renowned for the beauty of their sound, as well as their marvelous projection.

What do you do for a living?

My primary employment is as a classical guitar tutor. I currently teach at The Methodist Ladies College, as well as privately at my student's homes.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Among other things, in my spare time I enjoy: composing for the classical guitar, reading, playing chess and other strategic games, walking by the beach and riverside, and spending time with my friends, family and fiancee.

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