Marshall McGuire an Introduction

Acclaimed for his musicality, precision and engaging stage presence, harpist Marshall McGuire is equally at home with new commissions from composers around the world as he is exploring 17th century music with his group Ludovico’s Band. He has commissioned and premiered over 100 new works for harp, and has performed at a wide range of venues and festivals including WOMADelaide; Chekhov Festival Moscow; Vale of Glamorgan Festival Wales; Hayman Island; Sydney Opera House; The Glamour Room Shanghai; Dom Pedro Theatre Macau; Southbank Centre London; and, in 2013, in a mineshaft for the Castlemaine State Festival.

As an artistic director, he has led The Seymour Group and Ludovico’s Band, and has curated festival programs for the Sydney Festival, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival; Utzon Music Series Sydney Opera House; and three National Music Camps for the Australian Youth Orchestra.

His work in artistic management has included chair of the Music Committee of the NSW Ministry for the Arts; inaugural President of the New Music Network; Executive Manager Artistic Planning for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2011; and he is currently Music Programmer for Arts Centre Melbourne.

Marshall also passionately supports the work of young musicians, and is invited to present masterclasses at colleges around the world including Guildhall School of Music and Drama UK: SUNY Potsdam NY; Shanghai Conservatory; Royal Northern College of Music UK; and Stanford University California. He is a Trustee of the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House; the Hephzibah Tintner Foundation; a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra Artistic Advisory Committee; and a regular collaborator with students at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Read more about Marshall Mcguire here.

What the press says

“Comfortable and adroit, McGuire gave a stunning performance”
Felicity Clark RealTime June 2012

“His understanding and mastery of this treacherous instrument allowed the listener to savour interpretations which were the last word in musicianship.”
Neville Cohn The West Australian January 2009

“The musical direction, under harpist Marshall McGuire, was meticulous…”
Gillian Wills The Australian July 2007

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