Guitar Maestro Visits Bendigo

in Senior School News

One of Australia’s most accomplished guitarists, Ken Murray, will visit Bendigo and share his trade secrets with aspiring musicians in a series of lessons and workshops hosted by Girton Grammar School, followed by a special recital event.

Mr. Murray is a performer, composer, teacher, and researcher who has championed and recorded Spanish music internationally.

Head of Music at Girton Grammar School, Mr. Steve Vine, said that the opportunity for music students to learn directly from professional musicians was invaluable.

“Mr. Murray has a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne and is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Guitar at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

“He has worked all over the world with contemporary composers, performing Brazilian and South American musical styles.

“He is an exceptional composer and has written a variety of works for guitar in solo and ensemble settings.

“We are thrilled that Mr. Murray will visit the school and work with our guitar students. With 26 students in our Rodrigo and Segovia Guitar Ensembles alone, he will have a very captive audience,” Mr. Vine said.

Mr. Murray is part of several collaborations with composers who have written works specifically for him for solo and ensemble guitar, electric guitar, guitar and voice, large chamber works and music theatre pieces featuring guitar. He performs internationally with Ensemble Three with Joel Brennan (trumpet) and Don Immel (trombone).

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students of music to learn some of the finer points from someone who has very much mastered their art and I am sure that Mr. Murray’s visit will be memorable and inspiring for aspiring guitar players,” Mr. Vine said.