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Profile – Jonathan Paget

One of Australia’s most successful guitarists, Jonathan Paget is a senior lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, where he runs the guitar program, lectures in music history, and supervises research. As a solo classical guitarist, Paget has performed throughout Australia and the US.  He has performed with leading musicians such as Slava Grigoryan and Pavarotti, and has appeared as an artist at numerous festivals, including the Shell Darwin International Guitar Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival, and the Australian Festival Baroque.  He has won numerous competitions, including the Shell Darwin International Guitar Competition (1997), the Ramirez Australian Guitar Competition (Sydney, 1995), and the Rantucci Guitar Competition (Buffalo, 1999).  He has also been a prize-winner in the Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition (Charleston, 1999).

Paget released his first solo CD recording “Kaleidoscope” in 2002, being a celebration of the guitar’s multicultural horizons.  The second solo CD recording, “Midsummer’s Night” was released on the Melbourne-based Move Records label in 2008 (http://www.move.com.au/disc.cfm/3322).  A magical selection of works by Walton, Barrios, and Sculthorpe, this disc has received extensive radio play on ABC Classic FM.  Paget’s performances continue to garner stunning reviews, being described as “subtle, intimate artistry” [The West Australian, 2004], “a fine musician with brilliant technique” [Soundboard, 2000], “up there with some of the best” [Classical Guitar, 2008], and having “near-peerless command of the instrument” [The West Australian, 2008].

Paget has been a recipient of multiple prestigious academic scholarships, including a Fulbright Postgraduate Award and a Hackett Studentship, scholarships which he used to complete higher qualifications in the United States.  Studying at the Eastman School of Music in upstate New York with the esteemed guitarist and pedagogue Dr Nicholas Goluses he completed the Master of Music (guitar performance and literature), the Master of Arts (music theory pedagogy), and the Doctorate of Musical Arts (guitar performance and literature), which included research centring on the guitar music of Peter Sculthorpe.  Paget also takes a keen interest in performance practice, playing on theorbo and nineteenth-century guitar.

As president of the Classical Guitar Society of Western Australia, Paget has played a significant role in the continued success of the Western Australian International Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival, which draws together some fifty guitar ensembles on an annual basis, as well as bringing to Perth a visiting artist and adjudicator of significant international stature.