Presenter Rupert Guenther

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Rupert Guenther is a European trained concert violinist, playing all his concerts entirely through improvisation. Since 2003 he has released over 27 CDs of his improvised music including five CDs for ABC Classic FM of sonatas for solo violin, violin and piano, and soundscapes for ensemble.
Commissioned new works and performances include the National Gallery of Victoria, LaTrobe University, Tate Britain, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.

His breakthrough approach to classical improvisation is recognised internationally, and has held mastercourses at leading European conservatoriums including the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London) and the Vienna University for Performing Arts (MDW).

Private clients include principal members of Zurich Opera and La Scala (Milan). He was Director of the International Mastercourse for Improvisation in St Paul, Austria, and wrote and taught the Classical Improvisation electives at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University.
International conferences include the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) 39th International Conference in Sweden, the Reflective Conservatoire at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, and the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) International Conferences in the USA and Switzerland.

Earlier professional work included principal positions in the Vienna Chamber Opera. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance (violin) from Victorian College of the Arts where he studied with Donald Scotts and Brian Finlayson, and studied a further 3 years with the Helfried Fister in Austria. He was mentored in improvisation by Stephen Housden (Little River Band), and Allan Zavod (Frank Zappa). He holds professional qualifications as a mentor and life coach.


Improvisation & Electric Violin

Lecture-Demonstration-Workshop* with Rupert Guenther
Imagine preparing our students to be able to play music after school with their friends like the guitar players do, to be musically competent to play music with any musicians they might meet,
from any culture, anywhere in the world, from Vienna to Bali…
Come and find out how to perform and teach classical music improvisation in a clear, fun, encouraging, and age-appropriate way. Suitable for players and instrumental teachers from primary and high school to university and professional levels. No need to learn jazz to improvise, instead how to use all our existing classical training, experience, sensitivity, and nuance which we already have spent years developing, and turn it into our own original creative musical “pictures”, and show others how to do the same. Also woven into this presentation is a fascinating and insightful demonstration on the relevance of electric violin, viola, cello, and double bass, in all the contexts facing the new generation of string players, students, and teachers. The complete how, why, and what of going electric for strings, from acoustic sound reinforcement and the use of electronics and looping, to rock bands and studio playing. All about amps, PA’s and FX, extended playing techniques, experimental soundscapes, and preparing our students for the needs and opportunities of contemporary culture and on-stage environments.
*You are welcome to bring your instruments and take part, or just watch 🙂