The Wednesday Lunchtime Live concert series at Wesley Music Centre in Forrest showcases outstanding musical talent throughout the year. $2 or paper note entry. Refreshments – gold coin. Tel: 6232 7248. Wesley Music Centre.
Matthew Withers is a Masters graduate of The Australian National University (ANU) School of Music where he studied Classical Guitar Performance under the renowned performer and pedagogue, Timothy Kain.
Matt has given performances throughout Australia and internationally. In 2010 he travelled to Shanghai to perform at the World Expo. Here he was featured in the Australian Pavilion as part of their VIP “Rising Star” program. As part of both Guitar Trek and Brew Guitar Duo, Matt has given live, nationwide broadcast concerts for ABC Classic FMs “Sunday Live Program”.
As well as launching his performing career with the Brew Guitar Duo and Guitar Trek, Matt has had considerable success as a soloist. After learning classical guitar for only 4 years, he won the title “Best Young South Australian Guitarist” in the Australian National Open Guitar Competition. In 2006, he was placed first in the “Open Solo” event of the McDonalds Performing Arts Challenge and was a semi-finalist of the 2010 “Adelaide International Guitar Festival”.
Matt is an artist of diverse talents. He has become proficient as a recording technician whilst working as the assistant to Niven Stines (Technical Manager) at the ANU. In this role, Matt has recorded many quality guitarists including Timothy Kain, Harold Gretton and Minh Le Hoang as well as two discs for the Brew Guitar Duo and his recent debut solo album.
Matt studied in Adelaide under the successful classical teacher, András Tüske, prior to his tertiary studies. During this period, he also participated in the Suzuki Autumn Schools and became a role model for the younger players as leader of the South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble.