The 2024 Classical Guitar Division will be held on Saturday 8 June at Unley Park Baptist Church.
Associate Professor Jonathan Paget
Jonathan is the Associate Dean, Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He leads the classical guitar program, is an active research supervisor, and member of the Centre for Keyboard Heritage and Performance Research.
Associate Professor Jonathan Paget has led the classical guitar program at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts since 2005 and has many successful graduates. He is an active research supervisor, member of WAAPA’s Centre for Keyboard Heritage and Performance Research, and held the position of Associate Dean Research for WAAPA for six years.
As a guitarist, Jonathan has performed throughout Australia, the USA, and Asia and has appeared as an artist for Musica Viva, Perth Festival, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Strings Attached (Margaret River), and the Shell Darwin International Guitar Festival. Reviews describe his “formidable virtuosity” [Limelight], “subtle, intimate artistry” [The West Australian], “up there with some of the best” [Classical Guitar, UK], “a fine musician with brilliant technique” [Soundboard, USA]. His recordings are regularly played on Australian radio and include two solo guitar discs (“Kaleidoscope” and “Midsummer’s Night” –the latter for Move Records).
A prizewinner in the GFA International Solo Competition, he has taken first place in the Shell Darwin International Guitar Competition, the Australian Guitar Competition, and the Rantucci Guitar Competition. Jonathan has been a recipient of numerous academic accolades, including the Beazley Medal (for the highest state tertiary entrance result), a Hackett Studentship, and a Fulbright Postgraduate Award.
He completed graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music in upstate New York—including two master’s degrees and a doctorate with research on the guitar music of Peter Sculthorpe. He continues to pursue research interests in Australian music, the 19th century guitar, and historical performance practices.
Classical Guitar Division Convenor: Oliver Fartach-Naini (Elder Conservatorium of Music)