Biography

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Raffaele Agostino

Raffaele Agostino

Raffaele Agostino is a freelance musician, teacher and an examiner for the A.M.E.B. He is a founding member of the Sydney Guitar Quartet, has performed in the Musica Viva “Music In Schools” project, appeared for Opera Australia, and as soloist with Sydney Youth Orchestra and the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra.
Raffaele has made several recordings for the ABC and Radio Fine Music. He has released a CD “Whispering from the cedar top” of solo guitar music of Australian composers Richard Charlton and Phillip Houghton. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Classical Guitar Society, Sydney.

Janet Agostino

Janet Agostino

Janet Agostino is also a founding member of the Sydney Guitar Quartet and has been a teacher and performer of the classical guitar for more than 25 years and has performed with numerous Sydney ensembles and orchestras. Janet has a Masters Degree in Gifted Education and also plays viola with Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra. As Adjunct Lecturer of Guitar at UNSW, Janet directs the Guitar Ensemble as well as being guest conductor of the Classical Guitar Society Orchestra.

 

Duo Agostino

Duo Agostino Raffaele and Janet have been active in the Sydney Classical Guitar scene over the last three decades, beginning with the founding of the Sydney Guitar Quartet in 1981, a group that performed extensively for a period of over 10 years and was the first ensemble of its kind in Australia. They share a strong interest in the development of the guitar as an ensemble instrument and together with colleagues Richard Charlton and Christopher Keane, have been the driving force behind the Sydney Guitar Society Summer School for more than 20 years. This partnership also created “frEternity”, a Sydney-based guitar ensemble formed to perform, record and promote the works of several Australian composers.

Together with fellow guitarist and composer Richard Charlton, they form the “Sydney Guitar Trio”, an ensemble that has performed extensively around Australia and overseas. Duo Agostino and the Sydney Guitar Trio have been regular performers at five Darwin International Guitar Festivals and Glebe Music Festivals. In 2013, Duo Agostino were featured artists at the Dillington and World Youth Guitar Festivals in the UK and were also invited by the Australian Embassy to perform and give master classes in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Trio was featured at the January 2014 Taranaki NZ Guitar Summer School, and together with actor/narrator Rory O’Donoghue the Trio appeared at the 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Festival.

The Duo’s recent programs have included collaborations with colleagues from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Sydney Baroque Consort, the Thoroughbass ensemble, vocalist Nadia Piave, violinist Maria Lindsay and with cellist Rachel Scott in the popular “Bach in the Dark” concert series.

Raffaele and Janet have adjudicated various eisteddfods and competitions throughout Australia. They each hold a Fellowship from the Trinity College of London and have been awarded Life membership of the Classical Guitar Sydney for ‘Significant and Sustained contribution’. Janet and Raffaele play guitars by Greg Smallman.