Conservatorium of Music

Perth International Classical Guitar Festival

From the head of Conservatorium

"Whether your aspiration is a life in music

or music in your life,

we dare your to play on our stage."

Alan Lourens
Head of Conservatorium

Further information




Our 2018 series brochure is available to here to view online or print:

Transford Brochure


All details are correct at the time of printing. UWA Music reserves the right to alter without notice programs, performers, dates, times and venues as may become necessary.

Craig OgdenThe UWA Conservatorium of Music invites you to join us for the first Perth International Classical Guitar Festival.

Over five days, enjoy a jam-packed program featuring local, national and international artists including Craig Ogden, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Josinaldo Costa and the Perth Guitar Quartet, as well as the cream of Western Australia’s young emerging artists.

Be treated to a variety of performances from soloists, duos and ensembles, as well as the Australian Premier of Andy Scott’s Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra (2017), commissioned by the UWA Conservatorium of Music.

The Festival will also include masterclasses, workshops, open rehearsals and demonstrations – allowing you to dive in and immerse yourself in all things guitar!

Weekend Festival Pass (4 Concerts plus all Workshops & Masterclasses) 

$80 Standard $60 Concession

One-Day Festival Ticket (2 Concerts plus Workshops & Masterclasses) 

$45 Standard $32 Concession

Individual sessions as priced below


Converge | Perth Guitar Quartet

Join us for the launch of the festival with a free performance by the Perth Guitar Quartet, WA’s premier professional guitar ensemble.

Formed in 2013, Perth Guitar Quartet aim to feature Australian works for guitar with a specific focus on expanding the repertoire through new commissions by local Perth composers. The members of the Perth Guitar Quartet are Melissa Fitzgerald, Chris Kotchie, Jameson Feakes, and Robert Parker. They have all established themselves as in-demand performers and teachers in Perth and internationally.

Date and time
  • Wednesday 12 September 2018 | 5.30pm | Free entry, no bookings required


Next Generation

Young emerging artists from the UWA Guitar Studio, Accelerate! program and local ensemble Guitarstrophe perform a concert of works for solo, duo and guitar ensemble.

Dates and times

  • Saturday 15 Sept | 2.30pm-3.30pm | $20/$15

Craig Ogden in Recital 

UWA graduate and Classic FM chart-topping artist Craig Ogden returns to Perth to perform a solo recital featuring all your favourite works. Joining forces with fellow UWA graduate and his former student Don Candy, in addition to performing amazing solos works, this concert is sure to please!

Dates and times

  • Saturday 15 Sept | 6.30pm-8pm | $30/$22.5

Josinaldo Costa in Recital

Brazilian guitarist Josinaldo Costa is in demand as a solo artist and chamber musician, with performances across four continents. A celebrated concert artist, educator, and festival director, we are excited to welcome Josinaldo to Western Australia for his first solo recital in Perth. 

Dates and time

  • Sunday 16 September | 2.30pm-3.30pm | $20/$15

Craig Ogden & Friends 

In the finale of the festival, old friends from university Craig Ogden and Paul Tanner once again team up to perform as OgdenTANNER – a guitar and percussion duo with a core repertoire of popular guitar duets, tangos, and new works, before Craig joins forces with the UWA Chamber Orchestra to perform the Australian premiere of Andy Scott’s Guitar Concerto.

Dates and time

  • Sunday 16 September | 6.30pm – 8pm | $30/$22.5

Workshops & Masterclasses

MASTERCLASS | Josinaldo CostaJosinaldo Costa

Brazilian guitarist Josinaldo Costa is an accomplished teacher, serving as the director of the guitar program at Servite High School (California) for 4 years. Servite’s program is a reference in the USA, frequently used as a model for other programs in the country and abroad.
Applications  to play are invited from tertiary and high-school students as well as amateurs looking to take their playing to the next level. Email [email protected] to apply to play.
Dates and time
  • Saturday 15 Sept | 1-2pm | FREE

WORKSHOP | Simon Rovis-Hermann, luthier

Based in Fremantle, WA, Simon is a luthier with over 30 years experience making high quality musical instruments, specialising in classical guitars, both modern and 19th century reproductions. Hear Simon talk about the process behind making these amazing instruments and gain valuable tips on instrument care and maintenance.
Dates and time
  • Saturday 15 Sept | 4-5pm | FREE


Masterclasses are an important learning opportunity for emerging artists but they also offer students, educators and music lovers not only the opportunity to see some amazing performances, but also to get a unique insight into the process of preparing a performance with advice from expert mentors.

Applications to participate in this masterclasses are sought from performers of the highest standard.  Email [email protected] to apply to play.

Dates and time
  • Sunday 16 September | 1pm - 2pm | FREE

WORKSHOP | Aidan Deasy Historical Instruments

Aidan studied the lute at the Conservatorio ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ di Milano (Italy) under lute player Francesca Torelli and has performed as a soloist and member of numerous early music groups in northern Italy. He is in demand as a performer on lute, Baroque guitar and theorbo.  In this workshop he’ll introduce you to these amazing plucked string instruments.
Dates and time

  • Sunday 16 September | 4pm - 5pm | FREE



Shaping Young Performers: Cultivating Excellence in Pre-Tertiary Guitar Programs

Brazilian guitarist Dr Josinaldo Costa is in demand as a solo artist and chamber musician, with performances across four continents. A dedicated educator, he was the Director of guitar studies at Servite High School, a private Catholic school in Los Angeles, California. During his tenure, Josinaldo developed a program that rivalled many tertiary guitar departments, both in student experience and standard of playing. 

Under his guidance, the Servite classical guitar ensemble won two consecutive first prizes in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Ensemble Showcase competition. Although Servite’s program focused on ensemble playing, excellent solo playing was also cultivated at the school. Students were offered an educational experience that surpassed many University programs, including monthly guest recitals/masterclasses by artists such as Judicael Perroy, Vladimir Gorbach, Thibaut Garcia, and Duo Siqueira-Lima. Servite’s program became a reference in the USA, frequently used as a model for other programs in the country.

Based upon Dr Costa’s experience, this workshop will be a participative session for guitarists interested or currently involved in group guitar teaching. A strong focus will be given to teaching strategies designed to bring the best out of students and cultivate a culture of excellence. 
Dates and time

  • Friday 14 September | 5-7pm | $20 Standard or $60 (includes Full Weekend Festival ticket) 


  • Callaway Music Auditorium 

Accelerate! Guitars 

Accelerate! Guitars is UWA's new elite performance training program designed for classical guitarists in years 10-12 who are looking to take their playing to the next level!

Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with Head of Guitar Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald, as well as some very special guests! 

The program includes a wide-range of practical activities including workshops and masterclasses where participants will receive expert individualised input on their current repertoire, and address topics such as practise strategies, technique, nail shape and care, interpretation, and performance.

The program will culminate in a joint performance with the UWA Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble at the Perth International Classical Guitar Festival. 

Places are strictly limited and entry is via audition. Full scholarships are provided so there is no cost to participants. 

Dates and time

  • Fridays 17 Aug–14 Sep | 4–6pm | Free 


  • Callaway Music Auditorium