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Matt Withers Classical Guitar Concert

Matt Withers Classical Guitar Concert

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When:

  • Fri 27 Mar ’15, 7:30pm

Where:

Hohepa, 23 Barrington Street, Christchurch Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Presale: $25.00
  • Presale unwaged: $20.00
  • Door sales: $30.00

A great concert by Australian guitarist Matt Withers presented by the Christchurch Guitar Society. Matt will be playing a selection of fovourites from Tarrega, Albeniz, Barrios, R. Edwards, Koshkin, Piazzolla, and Pernambuco plus some popular pieces.

Matt Withers is a PhD candidate and Head of Guitar at the University of Canberra (Music) as well as a Director of the Canberra Classical Guitar Society. He holds a Masters in classical guitar performance from the Australian National University (ANU) School of Music where he studied under the tutelage of the renowned Timothy Kain. As a top-performing graduate of the ANU, Matt was invited to join the prestigious Golden Key Society.

2014 saw Matt tour to Europe where he performed a number of concerts in France. He also presented a masterclass and gave lecture on his PhD topic, The Entrepreneurial Guitarist at the Uppsala International Guitar Festival in Sweden. Previously, he has been named the Best Classical Solo Artist in the MusicACT Annual Music Awards (MAMAs) and featured at the World Expo in Shanghai at the Australian pavilion. As one of Australia’s leading young musicians, he has an active performing career both as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a member of two of Australia’s foremost guitar ensembles, the Brew Guitar Duo and Guitar Trek (founded by Timothy Kain in 1987), with a brand new Guitar Trek album due out in October this year.

Matt is a strong supporter of contemporary Australian music. In 2014 he ran the inaugural Matt Withers Young Australian Music Composition Competition to give another avenue of support for emerging Australian composers. Any current or graduated music student under the age of 30 from across Australia was invited to submit a work for solo guitar or guitar & delay for the chance to win $500 cash, a performance and a recording of their work.

Matt has become an experienced sound engineer and graphic designer having both recorded and designed multiple albums for commercial release which are broadcast worldwide, including on ABC Classic FM. This work has earned him the praise in the internationally distributed UK Classical Guitar Magazine “the recording is excellent, as is the presentation.” These discs include his own debut solo album as well as two critically acclaimed discs for his duo, the Brew Guitar Duo and many others.
The duo’s second disc, Landscape: Australian Guitar Duets received a 4.5/5 star rating in ABC Limelight Magazine and the praise; “This disc is a tribute to the high standard of current Australian music, and a great success for these two accomplished performers.”

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