Artist’s Biographies 2018 Summer School

Principal Tutor: Vincent Lindsey-Clark

Vincent Lindsey-Clark studied at the Royal College of Music and was the winner of the Lanchester International Guitar Competition at the age of 16. He gave his London debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1983 and has travelled extensively since then, most recently in America, Japan, Malaysia and South America.

He is a frequent visitor to the Edinburgh Festival and has broadcast on BBC Radios Two, Three and Four, Classic FM and on Radio Cornwall as well as appearing on TV. For a period of ten years he regularly appeared at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as an on stage musician playing for the Royal Ballet. In April 2006 he gave the first performance of his own guitar concerto ‘Concerto Melodica’ with the Southern Philharmonia. For the last 19 years he has been a member of the Segovia Trio and has written and arranged much of their music, which then appeared on their CDs. Vincent also performs with The Modern Guitar Trio with whom he has recorded several CDs.

During his career Vincent has made a significant contribution to the repertoire of the guitar. He has written a wide range of music, from his Simply Guitar series for the early player through to the most technically demanding works, such as those found on his recent solo recording Theo’s brother. Teachers and examination boards around the world including the Australian Music Examination Board use his student music. Additionally, he has also composed works for renowned performers such as The Ogden Tanner Duo, David Russell, Amanda Cook, Dutch Guitar Duo, Duolism, The English Guitar Quartet and Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas. His Salsa Roja written for Berta Rojas became the title of Berta’s 2103 album. His music is regularly performed on radio and TV and used in films.

His sheet music can be found at –

Vincent  teaches guitar at the Centre for Young Musicians in London and at Eton College.

Guest Artist: Gary Ryan

Gary Ryan has performed to international critical acclaim for over twenty years, winning praise for his formidable technique, outstanding musicianship and entertainingly diverse programmes. In 2013 he became the first guitarist since John Williams in 1983 to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in recognition of his contribution to the instrument (and only the fourth guitarist ever to receive this honour, other recipients being Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream).

Gary made his London recital debut for the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series at the Purcell Room in 1994 (declared a highlight of the series by the Telegraph, Independent, Observer, Times and Sunday Times) and was subsequently invited to perform a series of recitals for the Kirckman Concert Society at London’s South Bank Centre.

In 1996, at the age of 27, Gary was then appointed a Professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music in London, rising to become Assistant Head of Strings in 2009.

His celebrated guitar compositions (regularly broadcast on Classic FM) have broadened the instrument’s appeal by combining traditional classical guitar technique with more contemporary guitar styles and a rich variety of musical influences from around the world. His solo work, Benga Beat, was premièred to great acclaim in 2011 and can be seen on YouTube, alongside other performances of his own compositions and works by Dowland, Bach, and Piazzolla.

His compositions (many of which are published by Camden Music, London) include: Scenes from The Wild West, Scenes from Brazil, City Scenes, Songs from Erin, Easy and Intermediate Scenes for Guitar for solo guitar; Generator, Dreams Rest and Motion and Bazaar for guitar duo and Latin Cabaret for guitar trio. He has also composed three guitar ensemble works; Flower of the Field (National Youth Guitar Ensemble), Cariocas (Corinium Players) and The Tree on the Moor (City of Derry Guitar Festival 2012). Recent other works include Hot Club Français (solo guitar) and Nairobi Rhythms (for guitar and marimba / vibraphone) which was premièred at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall in 2013 by expat Australians Craig Ogden and Paul Tanner. He has also written a book of Piazzolla arrangements for solo guitar, Easy Piazzolla, (Boosey & Hawkes) and has had many pieces included on the guitar examination syllabus for Trinity in the UK and for the AMEB in Australia. Gary will perform at the summer school on Friday January 12 at 7pm.

Tutor: Richard Charlton

Richard is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading guitarist/composers, his works have been performed and recorded by many leading Australian and international players and feature on more than 25 CDs. Richard’s music combines a love of melody with a keen sense of harmonic & formal structure – music “to entice ear as well as the intellect” (Fred Blanks – Northern Herald).

In 2004 Richard was awarded Instrumental Work of the Year at the APRA/AMC Classical Music richard charlton -apraAwards for his quartet Stoneworks commissioned by Saffire. In March 2005 the UK magazine Classical Guitar, described him as, “producing some of the most inspired and accessible guitar works of the present era.”

Richard has been a featured composer at the Darwin International Guitar Festival and was invited to be part of the adjudication panel for all the Darwin Guitar Competitions. He was also on the adjudication panel for the 1st and 3rd Australian Guitar Competitions in Newcastle and more recently the Adelaide International Guitar Festival Competitions.

In 2001 one of his works was featured on an ABC-TV documentary about the Terrace Proms in Perth. Richard has also had works premiered at many major festivals worldwide, including the Adelaide Festival, the Radio France International Guitar Week in Paris, the Sonorities Festival in Belfast and at Australia House and Bolivar Hall in London. In 2004 part of his concerto, Rhapsody for guitar duo & guitar orchestra, was included a live radio broadcast from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Richard has lectured on composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide.  He has also taught in masterclasses at the Royal College of Music in London and has given chamber music classes for the students of Prof. Maria Isabel Siewers at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

Many of Richard’s pieces for students are currently in the Australian Music Examination Board Syllabus. He has also contributed pieces to the student series Modern Times published by Chanterelle and to the Ben Verdery Guitar Series published by Frederick Harris Music in Canada.

As former Director of Music Performance at Ascham School for many years, Richard has been involved with the creation of many new works for student orchestras & vocal ensembles.

As a conductor and educator he has worked with all kinds of groups from kindergarten to mature ages and has conducted a wide variety of orchestras ranging from 80 piece student guitar ensembles to school choirs and full symphony orchestras such as the St. Istvan Music School Orchestra (Budapest) and the SBS Youth Orchestra (Sydney).

Highly sought after as teacher, composer and pedagogue, Richard has worked with children all over the world, conducting workshops at schools as diverse as Perth Modern (WA), Northlands High School (Buenos Aires), The Centre for Youth Music (Darwin NT), St. Paul’s’ Girls School (London), Associazione Musicale di Varese (Italy) the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and at Enkhuizen in the Netherlands.

Tutors: Duo Agostino

Raffaele and Janet have been active in the Sydney Classical Guitar scene over the last three decades, beginning with the founding of the Sydney Guitar Quartet in 1981, a group that performed extensively for a period of over 10 years and was the first ensemble of its kind in Australia. They share a strong interest in the development of the guitar as an ensemble instrument and together with colleagues Richard Charlton and Christopher Keane, have been the driving force behind the Sydney Guitar Society Summer School for more than 20 years. This partnership also created “frEternity”, a Sydney-based guitar ensemble formed to perform, record and promote the works of several Australian composers.

Together with fellow guitarist and composer Richard Charlton, they form the “Sydney Guitar Trio”, an ensemble that has performed extensively around Australia and overseas. Duo Agostino and the Sydney Guitar Trio have been regular performers at five Darwin International Guitar Festivals and Glebe Music Festivals. In 2013, Duo Agostino were featured artists at the Dillington and World Youth Guitar Festivals in the UK and were also invited by the Australian Embassy to perform and give master classes in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Trio was featured at the January 2014 Taranaki NZ Guitar Summer School, and together with actor/narrator Rory O’Donoghue the Trio appeared at the 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Festival.

The Duo’s recent programs have included collaborations with colleagues from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Sydney Baroque Consort, the Thoroughbass ensemble, vocalist Nadia Piave, violinist Maria Lindsay and with cellist Rachel Scott in the popular “Bach in the Dark” concert series.

Raffaele and Janet have adjudicated various eisteddfods and competitions throughout Australia. They each hold a Fellowship from the Trinity College of London and have been awarded Life membership of the Classical Guitar Sydney for ‘Significant and Sustained contribution’. Janet and Raffaele play guitars by Greg Smallman.

Tutor: Oliver Fartach-Naini

Oliver Fartach-Naini is an exceptionally versatile guitarist. Since his relocation from Berlin to Adelaide he is now one of Australia’s leading exponents of the classical guitar and one of its most sought-after teachers. He now tours internationally from his new base in Australia and is is currently head of Classical Guitar at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music.

Oliver Fartach-Naini 1With his passionate programs focusing on Classical, Contemporary, Tango and Oriental music Oliver looks back on a long series of exciting projects with which he has delighted audiences the world over. Tours, Master Classes, Festivals, Radio and TV appearances in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA have brought him international acclaim.

Oliver performs extensively as a soloist, with orchestral accompaniment, in duo with Korean guitarist Professor Lee Song-Ou, German flautist Thea Nielsen and as a member of the quintet Tango Concertante.

The CD “Didar – Live in Berlin” featuring Majid Derakhshani (Composition, Tar, Voice), Thea Nielsen (Flute) and Amir Abbas Zare (Daf) and Oliver on guitar is one of his latest projects and yet another exciting venture discovering new horizons.

To date he has released 8 CDs with 6 different chamber music formations for the German Labels DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, Kreuzberg Records, Acoustic Music Records and the South Korean Label Credia International (Universal).

The German publisher Edition Margaux created the Collection Oliver Fartach-Naini which is a selection of the numerous pieces composers from all over the world have dedicated to Oliver and his ensembles. Oliver is a featured artist of the New York String Manufacturer La Bella.

Oliver’s intense interest in teaching is also documented in his thesis on early childhood instrumental pedagogy, which was part of his first University degree in Berlin. As a teacher he has earned himself a very fine reputation. His analytical sense of technical issues, musicality, and motivational skills as well as his know-how on the general music business are considered some of his pedagogical strengths.

His standing as an educator has seen him selected as the repertoire consultant for the 2012 AMEB classical guitar syllabus which entailed the publication of 7 graded and edited repertoire books with performance notes and the compilation of a 1000 work repertoire list.

As a student of American guitarist and composer Laurie Randolph Oliver Fartach-Naini holds degrees from the University of the Arts Berlin (Instrumental Pedagogy) and the Academy of Music and Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig (Music Performance) and has participated in many international master classes.

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Tutor: Giuseppe Zangari

Born in Sydney, Giuseppe received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He was awarded an Australia Council Grant and a scholarship from the Italian Government which saw him head abroad to Milan in 2006. There Giuseppe undertook further studies with Duo Maccari-Pugliese at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica, and Paolo Cherici at the Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi”.

Since 2003, Giuseppe has been a teacher and lecturer at the Newcastle Conservatorium, Giuseppe Zangari 1University of Newcastle, and more recently has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium, University of Sydney and at the School of the Arts and Media, University of New South Wales. His duties have also included direction and tutoring of guitar ensembles in the chamber music program. At the Newcastle Conservatorium Giuseppe assisted in the development of a new guitar syllabus with colleagues. In addition to Giuseppe’s University teaching activities, he is also a guitar examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board (A.M.E.B.).

Giuseppe has a deep interest in the research and performance of the nineteenth century Italian composer, Mauro Giuliani. Giuseppe’s research specifically looks at instrumental music created from popular operas of the nineteenth century. Giuseppe also has an interest in the advancement and development of contemporary Australian compositions. He has performed in premieres of solo and chamber works by Australian composers including Rosalind Carlson, Andrew Chubb, Nigel Butterley, Stephen Lalor and Jim Chapman.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Giuseppe has given live broadcasts for ABC Classic FM through the ‘Young Australia Series’ and ‘Sunday Live’, 2MBS FM and 2NUR FM. He has also performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician at a variety of festivals and concerts throughout Australia. His concert tours have included New Caledonia with celebrated Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi, an Australian concert tour with noted French guitarist Rafael Andia in the Alhambra Guitar Quartet and this year, a concert tour of Sweden with flautist Sally Walker and the Haga Duo (Sweden).

Giuseppe’s recent chamber collaborations include, baritone Jose Carbo, violinist Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich, mezzo-soprano Jenny Duck-Chong, and conductor Christopher Bearman. Recent ensembles/orchestras that Giuseppe has worked with include the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Nova, Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Classical Guitar Society Orchestra, Concertante Ensemble, Christ Church Camerata, Halcyon Ensemble and the vocal quartet Waxing Lyrical.

Giuseppe has a keen interest in developing young guitarists to realise their full potential through comprehensive instruction in a fun and enthusiastic learning environment.

Tutor: Christopher Keane

Christopher began teaching himself guitar in his teens, later graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has been a member of the Keane, ChristopherSydney Guitar Quartet, toured New South Wales performing for Musica Viva, played extensively as a session musician and conducted numerous Sydney productions.

He publishes Australian music for fretted instruments and recordings of this music include those by: frEternity (NSW), Guitarstrophe (WA), The Providence Guitar Orchestra (USA), the Townsville Guitar Orchestra (QLD), and The Massey University Guitar Orchestra (NZ). A great deal of this music has been performed in Europe, Britain and the USA.

Always interested in guitar pedagogy, Christopher was Head of the Guitar Faculty at Cranbrook School from 1987 until 2006, and conducted workshops, masterclasses and examined final recitals at many conservatoriums and universities. An examiner for the AMEB since 1986, he was on the Jury for the 2000, 2002 and 2004 Australian Guitar Competitions and the 2011, 2012 and 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Doctors Orchestra Instrumental Scholarships.

In 2010 he was commissioned to compose the sight-reading test pieces and the Classical Guitar sight-reading book for the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Series Two Syllabus.

Conductor of the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra from 2000 to 2012, and a member of the chamber ensemble Plektra that made its debut at the Eurofestival Zupfmusik in Germany in 2010 and performed at the 2012 Classical Mandolin of America Festival held in Minnesota, he also works in the Sydney area with Completely Plucked and as an accompanist for mandolin virtuoso Stephen Lalor.

He is an organising tutor for the Classical Guitar Society’s Summer School.

What’s On This Month

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Saturday 7th October – at our regular venue – Crows Nest Uniting Church Hall, cnr Shirley Rd and Nicholson st, Wollstonecraft. There will be a playing list so please bring your guitar and your best-prepared work.  Please remember that as a courtesy to others, keep performances down to 5 minutes so that everybody gets a go. Anybody wanting to play extended works can do so at the end of the meeting. More on the ‘This Month’ page, see link below.

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