Masterclass with Professor Richard Smith

Monday 4 September 2017

Recital Hall East

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers you the opportunity to attend a masterclass with acclaimed guitarist Professor Richard Smith. You are invited to witness him working with talented students, workshopping techniques to perfect their craft in an ‘open lesson’ format.

Richard Smith’s Twelve solo recordings have established him as a veteran of the contemporary music world – with critical success on every one of his releases. His albums have garnished praise such as “Best Contemporary Jazz Guitar Album” (Tune Up Magazine), a nomination for “Record of the Year” (Ad Lib Magazine), and “Best New Artist” (Radio & Records Magazine). His album ‘SOuLIDIFIED’ spent 17 weeks in the top 10 for radio airplay of American contemporary jazz radio (Radio and Records Magazine) and 3 weeks at number 1 in the World for satellite and cable airplay (Music Choice).

His recent recording, “Tangos”, 2014, was in the top 10 of the indie and contemporary jazz charts for over 5 months. “One World, Two Guitars” is an exciting duo project with the virtuoso Sicilian guitarist, Francesco Buzzurro. The duo tours regularly in America and Europe. His 2010 release ‘L.A. CHILLHARMONIC’ features Alex Acuna, Brian Bromberg, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Michael Paulo, Greg Adams, and the Tower of Power horn section. The touring ensemble won a nomination for Best International Group of the year from the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. In 2012 touring and teaching took him to England, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Italy, Australia and Tahiti.

Richard is also Full Professor and former Chair of the Studio/Jazz Guitar department at the renowned Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He holds a dual appointment, and is also a member of the new Popular Music Performance Studies department, the first of its kind at the conservatory level. He has developed a groundbreaking course entitled “Contemporary Music, a Global Perspective’, where USC students fly to London and collaborate with an international student roster at The Institute of Popular Music Performance (ICMP).  Richard also developed the first DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts), Contemporary Guitar, program in the World at USC. Graduates of this program hold distinguished positions as professors, deans and department chairs, all over the World.

His students are working professionally from Broadway and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to recording and touring with such luminaries as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Dan Siegel, Marc Anthony, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Elton John, Madonna, Michael Bolton, Bono, Maroon 5, Jenifer Lopez, John Mayer and current hit television programs American Idol and Glee.

In EUROPE Richard has performed master classes at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London, The Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford, The Leeds College of Music, The London College of Contemporary Music, the Academy of Popular Culture, Leeuwarden, Holland, The Rotterdam Conservatorium, The Utrecht Conservatorium, The Royal Academy of Music, Denmark, Music Academy 2000, Bologna, The Universtate d’Rome, Ionian University, Greece, The ESC Guitar Seminar, Siracusa and many more. In 2012 he spent a semester as visiting professor at Agder University, Norway.  Richard has on-going relationships with schools in Australia, Malaysia, Norway, England, Greece, Italy and Argentina.



ticket pricing
  • Free, bookings not required.