Dr Paul Svoboda (Director)
Initially studying at the School of Music, University of Queensland, and graduating in 1989 with a University Medal for outstanding achievement, Paul received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in 1994 from the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland.
Paul is highly active as a teacher, performer and composer. His list of compositions is extensive, is in demand worldwide, and features in the latest AMEB Classical Guitar Syllabus. His music is regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM. He works as Guitar Tutor and Head of Chamber Ensembles at Loreto College in Brisbane.
Paul is in demand as a guitar ensemble specialist, and 2019 marks his 6th year directing the Adelaide Guitar Festival Orchestra at the Adelaide Guitar Festival Winter Schools – a true highlight of his career!
Born in Sydney, guitarist Giuseppe Zangari received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying under Gregory Pikler. An Australian and Italian Government award allowed Giuseppe to undertake further study in 2006 in Milan, Italy at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica, and at the Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Verdi".
Giuseppe has a keen interest in developing young guitarists to realise their full potential through comprehensive instruction in a fun and enthusiastic learning environment.
Andras Tuske is a Hungarian born classical guitarist, teacher and composer. He completed his studies in 1993 at the Elder Conservatory of Music, University of Adelaide and has participated in masterclasses with John Williams, Maximo Pujol, David Tannanbaum, Carlo Barone, Tim Kain and Isolde Schaupp. He has given concerts in Hungary, Germany, England, Austria, Norway, Ukraine, Finland, Italy and Australia. Andras was invited to several international guitar festivals to play and to lecture on guitar teaching, including those in Darwin (Australia), Mikulov (Czech Republic), Esztergom & Encs (Hungary).
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Karin’s guitar training began at the age of five and she first performed in public the following year. While still in her teens she won prizes at international competitions in Lagonegro, Italy and Madrid, Spain, where she was also awarded the special competition prize for the Best Interpretation of Spanish Music. Performance highlights include concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (UK) in London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (USA), the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and performances at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony, World Expo (Aichi, Japan), Hong Kong Arts Festival, and APEC Summit in Sydney, Australia, and her 2013 International Concert Season tour with Pavel Steidl for Musica Viva Australia.
Karin is Head of Classical Guitar at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.
Regarded as a “wizard” of the guitar, Slava has forged a prolific reputation as a classical guitar virtuoso. Grigoryan was born in Kazakhstan and immigrated with his family to Australia in 1981. He began studying the guitar with his violinist father Edward at the age of 6. By the time he was 17 he was signed to the Sony Classical Label. His relationship with Sony Classical, ABC Classics in Australia, and now his own label Which Way Music has led to the release of over 20 solo and collaborative albums spanning a vast range of musical genres.
At the age of 18, his first tour was with guitar legends Paco Pena and Leo Kottke. Since then he’s travelled the world as a soloist in recitals and with orchestras in Europe, Asia and North America. Appearances with orchestras have included the London Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Halle, the Dresden Radio Orchestra, the Israel Symphony and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
He has won ARIA awards for Best Classical Album and performs regularly as a soloist with all of Australia’s symphony orchestras.
Slava is the Artistic Director of the Adelaide Guitar Festival