NYC: Rupert Boyd: Sounds from Down Under


“Remember the name Rupert Boyd. While there may never be another classical guitarist like Segovia, this young Australian left his... audience with the impression that someday there may not be the likes of him again, either.” – THE WASHINGTON POST

Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd, who has been described by the Washington Post as "truly evocative" and by Classical Guitar Magazine as a "player who deserves to be heard", will be on a 10-city nationwide tour this spring. From February 28th through April 16th, Mr. Boyd will perform solo recitals across eight states:

February 28: LOCKPORT, NY - More information
March 7: NEW YORK, NY - More information
March 9: CHICAGO, IL - More information
March 15: WASHINGTON, DC - More information
March 22: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - More information
March 28: FLAGSTAFF, AZ - More information
March 29: TEMPE, AZ - More information
April 5: HONOLULU, HI - More information
April 13: MUNCIE, IN - More information
April 16: DENVER, CO - More information

New York-based Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. In addition to his Carnegie Hall debut as part of the D’Addario Music Foundation’s “International Competition Winners in Concert”, Mr. Boyd has performed across four continents and has given performances at the Barcelona Guitar Festival in Spain, Strings-139 Festival in China, Festival de Musique Classique in France, and recently toured every state and territory in mainland Australia. 

This spring Mr. Boyd will present some of the greatest works from the classical guitar repertoire spanning the Renaissance to modern day. The program, which runs 90-minutes with intermission, will include the romantic "Valses Poeticos" by the Spanish composer Enrique Granados, the Baroque masterpiece "Lute Suite in E Major" by J.S. Bach, the fiery tango "Otoño Porteño" by Astor Piazzolla, three Renaissance works by English lutenist John Dowland, the virtuosic "Mozart Variations" by Spanish composer Fernando Sor, and the exotic contemporary work "From Kakadu" by living Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe.

Mr. Boyd has two critically acclaimed recordings. Valses Poéticos, a CD of his favorite works from the solo guitar repertoire, received the following review from Soundboard Magazine: “Boyd’s playing is beautifully refined, with gorgeous tone... musically and technically flawless... [the Granados] is one of the best recorded performances of this work on guitar.” Songs from the Forest by his ensemble the Australian Guitar Duo received the following review from Classical Guitar Magazine: “The Australian Guitar Duo has got it all: perfect synchronisation, beautiful phrasing and tone, and charismatic good looks... The whole disc is wonderfully entertaining.” 

This tour marks Mr. Boyd's 10-year anniversary since moving to the United States. He says "I came to the United States in 2004 with just a suitcase and a guitar, and didn't know a single person in North America. This tour includes a return to some of my favourite cities and a chance to explore new places. I am excited to present a program of guitar works that will be sure to please a wide audience, from the connoisseur of classical music to anyone who loves music or the guitar." This tour has been organized in conjunction with the International Conservatory of Music and Dan McDaniel, LLC, and with assistance from the Australian Embassy.

Mr. Boyd holds a Bachelor of Music from the Australian National University School of Music, an Artist Diploma from Yale University School of Music and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, from which he was the recipient of the Andrés Segovia award for Outstanding Performance and was a winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition.

Mr. Boyd plays a hand-crafted Australian classical guitar made by world leading luthiers Greg Smallman & Sons, who are located in the remote Western Australian city of Esperance. Mr. Boyd collected the guitar in person in 2011, which involved a three-day drive from Perth to get to the luthier's studio.

To hear Mr. Boyd's artistry and browse images and videos, please visit: WWW.RUPERTBOYD.COM

Group(s): Advance


Fri, March 7, 2014
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(GMT-0400) America/New_York


45 Bleecker St
New york, NY 10012