Sydney Guitar Trio

Sydney Guitar TrioRaffaele, Janet and Richard began performing together in 1981 as founding members of the Sydney Guitar Quartet, a group which performed extensively throughout Australia for a period of over 10 years and was the first ensemble of its kind in Australia. The Sydney Guitar Trio was formed in 1996 and gave an inaugural concert for the Classical Guitar Society, Sydney, that year. The Trio has performed extensively around Australia, including 5 Darwin International Guitar Festivals, where several Australian works were premiered. The Trio has toured to Argentina, England and Italy including a performance at the Royal College of Music and a benefit recital at Australia House playing alongside artists such as Tommy Emmanuel and Craig Ogden.

Their CD, “One Hour To Madness and Joy” features compositions especially written for the group by Australian composers Phillip Houghton, Richard Charlton, Roland Chadwick, Allan Holley and Amanda Handel.Sydney Guitar TrioThe Argentinean composer Maximo Diego Pujol, has dedicated his work “Tangondo” to the Sydney Guitar Trio.

The Trio’s collaboration with Rory O’Donoghue extends over ten years, beginning with Rory’s narration of Richard Charlton’s “the Divine Guitar” on the Trio’s CD, followed by concerts in Sydney, Canberra and at the 2007 Darwin International Guitar Festival.

“A lovely performance from a group bringing a welcome array of positive, quality, new music into a world needy of understanding.”
Tim Panting (Classical Guitar Magazine, 2001)

Richard Charlton is widely recognised as Australia’s leading guitarist/composer with works published internationally and his music appearing on more than 25 CDs by international players including Timothy Kain, Carlos Bonell, Julian Byzantine, Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey and the Australian group “Guitar Trek”. In 2004 he won an APRA/AMC Classical Music Award and his compositions are frequently heard on ABC Classic-FM. The UK magazine “Classical Guitar” described him as, “producing some of the most inspired and accessible guitar works of the present era.” Richard is director of music at Ascham school in Sydney.