Guitar Summer School Concert – Duo Agostino
Concert Tickets £17 per person. Under 18s £8
Guitar Festival Season Ticket £70 for all five concerts.
Pre-concert suppers available at £29.95
All concerts start at 8:00pm
Raffaele Agostino is a freelance musician, teacher and an examiner for the A.M.E.B. He is a founding member of the Sydney Guitar Quartet, has performed in the Musica Viva “Music In Schools” project, appeared for Opera Australia, and as soloist with Sydney Youth Orchestra and the Ku-ring-gai PhilharmonicOrchestra.
Raffaele has made several recordings for the ABC and Radio Fine Music. He has released a CD “Whispering from the cedar top” of solo guitar music of Australian composers Richard Charlton and Phillip Houghton. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Classical Guitar Society, Sydney.
Janet Agostino is also a founding member of the Sydney Guitar Quartet and has been a teacher and performer of the classical guitar for more than 30 years. Collaborative works have been a feature of Janet’s career, having performed and arranged music for numerous mixed-instrument ensembles in addition to guitar ensembles. Janet has a Masters Degree in Gifted Education and also plays viola with Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra. As Adjunct Lecturer of Guitar at UNSW, Janet directs the Guitar Ensemble as well as being guest conductor of the Classical Guitar Society Orchestra. In 2018, Janet commenced a PhD in Creative Arts Practice at University of NSW, researching the transformation of the classical guitar through transcriptions and arrangements for guitar quartet.
Raffaele and Janet have been active in the Sydney Classical Guitar scene for almost four decades, beginning with the founding of the Sydney Guitar Quartet in 1981, a group that performed extensively for a period of over 10 years and was the first ensemble of its kind in Australia. They share a strong interest in the development of the guitar as an ensemble instrument and together with colleagues Richard Charlton and Christopher Keane, have been the driving force behind the Sydney Guitar Society Summer School for more than 25 years. This partnership also created “frEternity”, a Sydney-based guitar ensemble formed to perform, record and promote the works of several Australian composers.
Together with fellow guitarist and composer Richard Charlton, they form the “Sydney Guitar Trio”, an ensemble that has performed extensively around Australia and overseas. Duo Agostino and the Sydney Guitar Trio have been regular performers at five Darwin International Guitar Festivals, Glebe Music Festivals, the Taranaki NZ Guitar Summer School, and together with actor/narrator Rory O’Donoghue the Trio appeared at the 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Festival. Duo Agostino have been featured artists at the Dillington, West Dean, Winchester and World Youth Guitar Festivals in the UK and the Classical Guitar Corner Summer Schools in Boston USA in 2017-2019. At the invitation of the Australian Embassy in 2013, the Duo performed and gave master classes in Hanoi, Vietnam to celebrate 40 years of peaceful relations between Australia and Vietnam.
The Duo’s recent programs have included a recording and concerts with cellist Rachel Scott in the popular “Bach in the Dark” concert series, collaborations with colleagues from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Sydney Baroque Consort, Grevillea Ensemble, Thoroughbass ensemble, vocalist Nadia Piave and violinist Maria Lindsay.
Raffaele and Janet each hold a Fellowship from the Trinity College of London and have been awarded Life membership of the Classical Guitar Sydney for ‘Significant and Sustained contribution’. Janet and Raffaele play guitars by Greg Smallman.