Marshall McGuire

Acclaimed as one of the world’s leading harpists in contemporary and baroque repertoire, Marshall McGuire studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music, London. His London debut recital was presented at the Purcell Room for the Park Lane Group. He has commissioned and premiered more than 100 new works for harp, and has been a member of the ELISION ensemble since 1988.

He has performed as soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, English String Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony and the Australia Ensemble and has appeared at international festivals including Aldeburgh, Melbourne, Milan, Geneva, Brighton, Moscow, Vienna, Huddersfield, Huntington and Adelaide. In 2010 he conducted performances of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas for the Macau International Music Festival.

Marshall has received fellowships from the State Library of Victoria, the Churchill Trust, Peggy Glanville-Hicks Trust, and was artist-in-residence at Bundanon in 2003. He has released seven CDs and received three ARIA Award nominations, and in 1997 received the Sounds Australian Award for the Most Distinguished Contribution to the Presentation of Australian Music.

Marshall is founding President of the New Music Network, a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra Artistic Advisory Committee, a trustee of the Hephzibah Tintner Trust and the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House, and was head of artistic planning with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2011. He was the inaugural curator of the Utzon Music Series at the Sydney Opera House 2006-2011.

Performances in 2013 include performances with Ludovico’s Band at the Peninsula Summer Music Festival and Castlemaine State Festival; Australian String Quartet; with Dappled Cities at Sydney Festival; Australian Festival of Chamber Music Townsville; Port Fairy Spring Music Festival; and a Britten birthday recital at Melbourne Recital Centre with tenor Robert Macfarlane.

Marshall is currently, co-artistic director of Ludovico’s Band, and Music Programmer at Arts Centre Melbourne.

[Updated January 2013]