Australian born guitarist RUPERT BOYD is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. In addition to his recent Carnegie Hall debut as part of the D’Addario Music Foundation’s “International Competition Winners in Concert” series, he has performed throughout North America, Europe, China, the Philippines and Australia, Mr. Boyd’s debut recording Valses Poéticos received the following review in the UK magazine Classical Guitar: “The performances that Boyd gives here are first-rate... the Bach is one of the best of its kind.” Soundboard, the Guitar Foundation of America’s quarterly publication, described the eponymous work by Granados as “one of the best recorded performances of this work on guitar.” In addition to winning the Andrés Segovia award from the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Boyd was a winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition, the latter of which resulted in a performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with orchestra, conducted by Lawrence Leighton Smith.
Mr. Boyd holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Australian National University School of Music, a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and an Artist Diploma degree from the Yale University School of Music. Mr. Boyd recently returned from an international tour of China and the Philippines with his ensemble the Australian Guitar Duo. Their debut recording Songs from the Forest was released in 2012, and was described by Classical Guitar Magazine as “wonderfully entertaining” and by Soundboard Magazine as “very impressive”. It features works by the Australian composers Nigel Westlake, Ross Edwards and Phillip Houghton, in addition to works by Granados, Scarlatti, Falla and The Beatles. Mr. Boyd currently resides in New York City. He made his Newport debut in 2009 and is sonically welcomed to his third season.