Have guitar, will travel . . .

Thursday 14 November 2013

On the 9th of December, Campbell Diamond, a third year guitar performance student at the ANU School of Music, will be flying out to Tokyo, to compete in the Semi-Finals of the 56th Tokyo International Guitar Competition. The School of Music is proud to support Campbell with his travel and assist him to take part in this incredible opportunity.

Campbell is one of only 16 finalists selected to perform and will be competing against semi finalists from across the world; Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Germany, Spain, Austria, China, Japan and the UK. The competition takes place in the beautiful Hakuju Hall in Shibuya, and Campbell will be performing music by Antonio Jose, Domenico Scarlatti, J.K. Mertz as well as compulsory pieces by J.S. Bach and Akira Miyoshi. Six successful participants will advance to the final and perform the following evening.

From Tokyo, Campell will be flying to Bucharest, Romania, to compete in another competition – the ‘Eduard Pamfil’ International Guitar Competition. It is part of a two-day guitar symposium on Dec 20 and 21, attracting many notable guitarists, composers, luthiers and enthusiasts worldwide. Campbell will then spend a month travelling throughout Germany, France and Austria, participating in classes with some of the worlds finest guitar pedagogues, including Thomas Muller-Pering, Judicael Perroy, Hubert Kappel, Aniello Desiderio and Franz Halasz. To finish his trip on a high note, Campbell has tickets to see the Vienna Philharmonic with Riccardo Chailly and Christian Tetzlaff, performing Sibelius and Bruckner at the Théâtredes Champs-Élysées.

Campbell is one of the many talented guitar students currently studying at the ANU School of Music. “I began study at the school in 2010 under the tutelage of Timothy Kain and Minh Le Hoang. Canberra has been recognised for decades as the place to go for tertiary study in guitar - the track record of Tim's, with every graduate making successful performing/teaching careers speaks for itself”.

On the 2nd of November, ten ANU Guitarists competed in the finals of the Victorian Classical Guitar Competition. ANU Guitar students won the top four prizes; 1st place to Campbell Diamond, 2nd place to Stephanie Jones, Callum Henshaw was awarded Best Interpretation of an Australian Work, and Andrew Blanch received the Vice President's Award. This was a successful weekend for our guitarists, with The Wattle Guitar Quartet, made up of another four talented ANU guitarists, winning the School of Music Chamber Competition held on the 3rd of November.

Campbell chose to study at the ANU School of music, as the opportunity to learn with Tim and Minh is as good as anyone could ask for. Their formidable knowledge of the instrument, along with their empathy and dedication to each student is just remarkable.” There have been many performance and learning opportunities throughout his degree, the highlight being a week-long visit from the great guitarist Ricardo Gallen. “It was such a memorable experience for everyone in the department, as we had our minds continuously blown over the 10 hours of masterclasses. He delivered his unbelievable concert at the end of the week to conclude”.

We wish Campbell safe travels and the best of luck for his competitions. His plans for the future? “That’s a good question. I think I'll be studying for a while yet!”

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