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Profile – The Australian Guitar Duo

“Australian compositions played by top-flight musicians”

– The Village Voice, NSW

The Australian Guitar Duo is becoming recognised as one of the most dynamic

and exciting guitar ensembles. The duo has performed throughout the world, including

at the New York Guitar Duo Festival in New York City, Project Cancion Española

in Spain, Festival de Musique Classique in France, Meadowlark Music Festival

in Nebraska, and numerous major cities throughout their native Australia.

Performing a mixture of contemporary Australian compositions and standard works from

the guitar duo repertoire, The Australian Guitar Duo consists of Rupert Boyd and Jacob

Cordover, both respected soloists in their own right. They met and formed as a duo in the

year 2000 while undertaking studies at the Australian National University School of

Music, where they studied with renowned Australian guitarist Timothy Kain.

The Australian Guitar Duo has been broadcast on radio stations throughout Australia and

the United States and was a prize winner of the chamber music division of the Australian

Guitar Competition. Mr. Boyd and Mr. Cordover both play hand-made Australian guitars,

and will be releasing their debut recording in early 2012.


Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of

his generation. He has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative”, and

by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” His solo CD

Valses Poéticos received the following review in Soundboard, the quarterly publication

of Guitar Foundation of America: “Boyd’s playing is beautifully refined, with gorgeous

tone . . . musically and technically flawless . . . [the Granados is] one of the best recorded

performances of this work on guitar.”


Jacob has been hailed as “an exceptional guitarist” (Ultima Hora) whose playing

“manages to get to the very soul of the… music” (Classical Guitar Magazine).

Jacob has appeared as soloist with the Orquestra Simfònica de Balears and the Orchestra

dell’Accademia l’Ottocento, as well as in numerous solo recitals that often feature 19th

century repertoire played on authentic guitars. His “intuitive musicianship and

impeccable technique” (Leicester Mercury) allow him to enjoy a vibrant international

career that spans 3 continents.