“Boyd’s performances shine with flowing musical melodies, elegant interpretations, and tight rhythmic grooves.”
“Boyd is a near-ideal executant, catching the sharpness of the originals yet rendering them as if they were conceived wholly for the instrument.”
“Remember the name Rupert Boyd. While there may never be another classical guitarist like Segovia, this young Australian left his audience with the impression that someday there may not be the likes of him again, either.”
Rupert Boyd made his Delaware debut with Wilmington Classical Guitar in 2016, bringing down the house at a unique brunch concert at World Cafe Live at the Queen on that visit, and returned in 2017 with his cello & guitar duo, Boyd Meets Girl, absolutely entrancing our audience on both occasions. We couldn’t be happier to welcome Rupert back for a third inspired performance with us this spring! Join us, and hear for yourself why he’s regarded as one of the most popular classical guitarists of his generation.
Works to be performed by Houghton, Jobim, Bach and Brouwer.
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2/25/23: Rupert Boyd will be teaching a masterclass in the afternoon, February 25 at 1:30 pm in the West Room of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Mr. Boyd has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Rupert and have him critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.
“Remember the name Rupert Boyd. While there may never be another classical guitarist like Segovia, this young Australian left his audience with the impression that someday there may not be the likes of him again, either.” – The Washington Post
At the age of 22, Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd moved from Australia to New York City with just a suitcase and a guitar, and not knowing a single person in North America. He has subsequently become known as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, having been described by Gramophone as “a very fine musician” and by The Washington Post as “truly evocative”, and has performed across four continents, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to festivals in Europe, China, India,Nepal, the Philippines, New Zealand and Australia.
Active as both a soloist and chamber musician, Rupert Boyd regularly performs throughout the world in Boyd Meets Girl, with cellist Laura Metcalf, and the Australian Guitar Duo with guitarist Jacob Cordover. Boyd Meets Girl’s debut album reached #3 on the Billboard Traditional Classical charts, and received the following review in Gramophone Magazine: “they play like one, with a harmony of purpose as sure as their intonation.” The Australian Guitar Duo’s debut CD Songs from the Forest was described as “wonderfully entertaining” by Classical Guitar Magazine.
Rupert Boyd also has three solo albums, with his most recent, The Guitar, being described as “an utterly exceptional recording” by Classical Guitar Magazine, and “a must-have album of 2019” by This Is Classical Guitar. Fantasías was selected by American Record Guide as “Critic’s Choice” of 2016, and Soundboard described the eponymous work on Boyd’s debut recording Valses Poéticos as “one of the best recorded performances of this work on guitar.”
Rupert Boyd holds a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) from the Australian National University School of Music, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and an Artist Diploma from the Yale University School of Music. His major teachers have been Timothy Kain, David Leisner and Benjamin Verdery. In addition to winning the Andrés Segovia award from the Manhattan School of Music, Rupert Boyd was also a winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto
Rupert Boyd exclusively plays on D’Addario Strings, and lives in New York City, where he is co-artistic director of GatherNYC, a revolutionary weekly concert series, and Music at MAD at the Museum of Arts and Design.