Date: Sunday, 10th December 2017
Venue: All Saints Church Hall, 284 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Time: 7.30 pm
Bruce Paine – Classical Guitarist
Bruce Paine is Auckland, born and raised, and is one of New Zealand’s foremost classical guitarists, known especially for his strong and sensitive playing, original compositions, and CD releases of his work. He is an alumni of the University of Auckland School of Music, graduating with honours in 1995, and is an auditioned RNZ Concert recording artist. Highlights of his career include selection as a semi-finalist in the 1995 Shell Darwin International Guitar Festival Competition, a 1998 stage appearance in Prague alongside the world famous Czech guitar virtuoso Stepan Rak, and a performance of Joaquin Rodrigo’s ‘Concerto de Aranjuez’ in 2001 with the St Matthews Chamber Orchestra. In 2007, his debut guitar compositions were described by Wellington based guitarist, teacher and radio personality Gunter Herbig, as “a wonderful achievement and a milestone for New Zealand guitar composition.” To date Bruce has written around 40 individual pieces (some making up suites) for classical guitar covering themes as diverse as New Zealand landscape, underwater sea life, songs of Gallipoli and kinetic art sculptures. His compositions, most notably ‘Finchdean’, are now played and performed by student and professional guitarists in New Zealand and abroad. The first recordings of his work by other guitarists were released in 2017 by Rattle Records (‘The Passing of a Black Star’ New Zealand Guitar Quartet RAT- D071) and the German CD label NAXOS (‘Dream Weaving’ Gunter Herbig 8573765). This month both albums have appeared simultaneously on the RNZ concert ‘top ten’ classical charts. In 2015 Bruce was awarded Creative New Zealand grants towards compositions for the New Zealand Guitar Quartet and Canberra based guitarist John Couch. Both works are due to be premiered during the Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School in January 2018.
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