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Described as “an excellent ambassador for the classical guitar”, Sydney-based Duncan Gardiner is a gifted musician with talents in both performance and composition fields. His playing has been described as “delicate, serene and magical” as well as atmospheric and full of nuance. Meanwhile, his compositions have attracted similar praise: “Duncan Gardiner’s extraordinarily attractive music is not only a pleasure to listen to but a delight to play”. Duncan is an international artist, having performed across Scotland, England, Germany and the Czech Republic, in addition to concerts within his homeland of Australia. His music is often played nationally on Australia’s most respected classical music station, ABC Classic FM.
Duncan released his debut album titled Of Dreams and Fantasy in mid 2009. Chris Dumigan (Classical Guitar Magazine, UK) exclaimed, “I must say that this CD is one of the very best CDs of guitar music to ever come my way… …I have returned to this CD more than most others just for the sheer pleasure of it.” It is no wonder that it was voted ‘CD of the Week’ in the West Australian newspaper. His second album, Incense and Arabie, was released in November 2012.
In 2009 he published a book of music sharing the same name as the album. It serves as a companion to the album and features in print all of the original compositions and arrangements that appear on the recording. In addition to this his music is enjoying increasing popularity insofar as his works are being performed by other local artists and attracting international interest. Most recently Duncan was delighted to have several of his works chosen for the exam syllabi of the Australian Guild of Music and Speech as well as the Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts.
Duncan holds a First Class Honours degree in Music Performance from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. During his time at WAAPA, he was the recipient of both the Helen Court Scholarship and the Faculty Medal – an award given for outstanding scholarship within the Faculty of Education and Arts at Edith Cowan University. Duncan has also received the Licentiate of Music Diploma (with distinction) from the Australian Music Examinations Board, and won the J.B. Vincent Memorial Prize for being the most outstanding candidate.
Most recently Duncan (along with Pascale Whiting, violin, and Sophie Curtis, cello) was invited to join the team at Musica Viva to become one of a diverse range of professional musicians to tour to schools all over Australia, inspiring teachers and students through live music performance.
Duncan is currently based in Sydney, NSW, where he is working towards further career opportunities.