Perth International Classical Guitar Festival

Event details

  • Wednesday | September 12, 2018 to Sunday | September 16, 2018
  • All Day

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.


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