One of the most talented guitarists of his generation, Australian born Rupert Boyd has performed throughout the United States, Spain, Italy, France and Australia, and among numerous prizes is the recipient of the Andrés Segovia Award from the Manhattan School of Music.
Rupert Boyd has performed at some of New York’s most prestigious classical music venues, including the 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall, Bargemusic, the New York City Classical Guitar Society, Greenwich House and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (the world’s largest Gothic cathedral). He has given performances with New York Festival of Song and Moving Theater Dance Company, in addition to solo recitals for the Boston Guitar Society, the Omaha Guitar Carnival in Nebraska and the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island.
Rupert Boyd’s debut solo recording Valses Poéticos was released in 2008. A review in the UK magazine Classical Guitar described the CD as follows: “The performances that Boyd gives here are first-rate . . . Altogether this is a fine CD from a player who deserves to be heard.” Soundboard, the Guitar Foundation of America’s quarterly publication, gave the CD the following review: “Boyd’s playing is beautifully refined, with gorgeous tone . . . musically and technically flawless . . . the album is first-rate.” Soundboard also described the eponymous composition by Granados as “one of the best recorded performances of this work on guitar.” The CD is frequently broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Classic FM, as well radio stations throughout the United States.
With a strong interest in chamber music, Rupert Boyd formed the Australian Guitar Duo with guitarist Jacob Cordover. The duo has given performances at Festival de Musique Classique in France, Project Cancion Española in Granada, the New York City Guitar Duo Festival, the Meadowlark Music Festival in Nebraska as well as numerous cities throughout Australia. The duo was a prize winner of the Chamber Music section of the Australian Guitar Competition and had a recital broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Classic FM ‘Young Australia Series’.
In addition to winning the Andrés Segovia award from the Manhattan School of Music, Rupert Boyd was a winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition, which resulted in a performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with orchestra, conducted by Lawrence Leighton Smith.
Rupert Boyd holds a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) 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. His major teachers have been Timothy Kain, David Leisner and Ben Verdery. Rupert Boyd has also performed in public masterclasses for Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Sharon Isbin, Remi Boucher and Pavel Steidl.