Ciaran Edwards-McKeown (Guitar):
Ciaran commenced his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2015 as the recipient of the Robert Pikler Memorial Scholarship, studying under the guidance of Russian guitar virtuoso Vladimir Gorbach. Originally from Canberra, Ciaran completed a Bachelor of Science at ANU in 2014 majoring in mathematics, whilst also studying classical guitar at the ANU School of Music under the tutelage of world-renowned guitar pedagogue, Timothy Kain.
Both in Australia and abroad, Ciaran has received great praise for his highly expressive playing, and has won numerous prizes for his performances. In 2015 he received first place in both the Melbourne Guitar Foundation’s International Guitar Competition and the Open Classical Guitar section of the Sydney Eisteddfod, and was also finalist in the coveted NSW Drs’ Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship. He has been a finalist in international guitar competitions in Singapore and Taiwan, and was semi-finalist for the Fine Music FM Young Virtuoso of the Year Award in 2016.
Ciaran thoroughly enjoys performing as a soloist. As a winner of the Canberra Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2014 he had the exciting opportunity to perform as soloist with CYO in Nigel Westlake’s “Antarctica” suite for guitar and orchestra, under the baton of Rowan Harvey-Martin. Ciaran’s performance was described as “impeccable” when reviewed in The Canberra Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. In addition, he was awarded 2nd prize in the Piano and Instrumental section of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition in 2014, and was a finalist in the Sydney Conservatorium’s Concerto Competition (strings) in 2015.