Guitar at the UWA Conservatorium of Music

A recipient of the Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching, FABLE Award for Excellence in Teaching, UWA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, and three-time recipient of the UWA Student Guild Students' Choice Award, Jonathan is a dedicated instructor deeply committed to the success of his students. Jonathan serves as Chair of Guitar at the University of Western Australia, the only tertiary institution in WA that allows students to pursue a performance degree concurrently with a non-music major.

Performances & Masterclasses

Real world performance experience is a critical part of a student's development. The guitar studio at the UWA Conservatorium of Music is among the most active in the country, with a strong track record of providing students with an unmatched number of performance opportunities. Since 2017 the guitar studio at UWA has embarked on five concert tours across WA’s South West and Great Southern, as well as performances interstate. With nearly a dozen solo, chamber and collaborative concerts on the calendar every year, there is no shortage of opportunities for guitar students to hone their performance skills.

On campus, guitar students can expect to be part of a welcoming community of like-minded musicians, receiving 12 hours of expert 1-1 tuition per semester, participating in a weekly Guitar Performance Class and weekly Guitar Chamber Music coaching. Over the course of the program, students will work on their technique, develop skills in interpretation, programming, arranging and recording, ensemble performance, and pedagogy. Students also participate regularly in masterclasses by visiting national and international artists, with recent guests including Petra Poláčková, Colin Davin, Pavel Ralev, Craig Ogden, Karin Schaupp, and Josinaldo Costa.

The strength of the UWA Guitar Program has been demonstrated through recent student successes, with two current UWA students and one UWA alumni reaching the finals of the Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition, and 4th Year student Alexis Chin reaching the finals of the prestigious Vose Concerto Competition.


The Moretti Ensemble is UWA’s large guitar ensemble, performing an immense range of repertoire from the Baroque works of Vivaldi and Scarlatti to the 21st century compositions of Nigel Westlake, George Frederic Haas, Terry Riley and Steve Reich. Students also form small ensembles and collaborate with other instrumentalists and composers, with recent collaborations including joint concerts with percussion, wind and voice students, allowing for a rich and varied chamber music experience.

The University

UWA is a world Top 100 University, and No.1 in WA for Performing Arts in the QS rankings. We stage more classical music performances than any other WA Tertiary Institution. With very flexible course structures, UWA is the only tertiary institution in WA to allow students to pursue a performance degree concurrently with another major within the University.

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