Perth (Western Australia) based, award-winning guitarist/composer, Duncan Gardiner, is a truly international artist, having performed across Scotland, England, Germany and Prague, in addition to concerts within his homeland of Australia. His playing is often described as exciting, dynamic, romantic – even atmospheric and full of nuance – yet it is always breathtaking. Duncan has both performed for, and been interviewed by, national radio stations (ABC Classic FM), as well as local stations. His compositions are honest and heartfelt, and of such a high quality that they have attracted the attention of many local and international musicians.
Duncan holds a First Class Honours degree in Music Performance from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. During his time at the WAAPA, he was the recipient of both the Helen Court Scholarship and the Faculty Medal – an award given for outstanding scholarship within the Faculty of Education and Arts at Edith Cowan University. Duncan has also received the Licentiate of Music Diploma (with distinction) from the Australian Music Examinations Board, and won the J.B. Vincent Memorial Prize for being the most outstanding candidate.
Duncan appears often as a guest soloist at several prestigious venues and with many established music organisations around Perth in addition to concert activities in rural and country settings. Together with violinist, Dora Piekart, in 2007 the duo embarked on a successful 11-concert tour of Western Australia. Collectively known as Duo Diavolo, the pair remains dedicated to the exploration of new and neglected repertoire for guitar and violin.
In much demand as a concerto soloist, Duncan took part in a four-concert tour with the Hills Symphony Orchestra performing Rodrigo’s much loved Concierto de Aranjuez and favourite movie themes arranged for guitar and orchestra himself. Other concerto highlights include numerous Perth-premiere performances of concerti with the Allegri Chamber Orchestra, Fremantle Symphony Orchestra, WAYO Collegium string orchestra, Guitarstrophe! and the W.A. Mandolin Orchestra.
Recently exploring the world of contemporary music, in mid-2007 the group August Third was formed with fellow musicians Hayley Wiegmink and Ben Kossenberg.August Third boasts a fresh acoustic sound and unique blend of classical guitar, African percussion, keyboards, vocals, violin and flute. While they each contribute a unique style of composition creating a varied and diverse repertoire, their performances bring original music with sounds derived from Latin, Jazz, Classical, African and World Music.