Q&A: Classical guitarist Rupert Boyd plays Denver recital featuring Bach, Piazzolla

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Classical guitarist Rupert Boyd in the CPR Performance StudioClassical guitarist Rupert Boyd plays a recital at the Newman Center at the University of Denver on Wednesday night as part of a 10-city American tour.

Boyd, a native Australian who moved to the U.S. 10 years ago, travelled the world in recent years as a soloist and as half of the Australian Guitar Duo with Jacob Cordover.

His previous performances and albums have won high praise, including a rave from the Washington Post:

Remember the name Rupert Boyd. While there may never be another classical guitarist like Segovia, this young Australian left his Marlow Guitar Series audience with the impression that someday there may not be the likes of him again, either.

His 7:30 pm. program at the Newman Center includes music by J.S. Bach, nuevo tango composer Astor Piazzolla and modern Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe.

“It really feels like such a treat to be able to pick up a piece of paper that was written 400 years ago, just black dots on a white page and bring it to life – and bring these emotions to life,” Boyd told CPR Classical. “And then also at the same time, to pick up a work that was written last week, where the dots on the page are still wet.”

Click the audio above to hear Boyd discuss why he champions music by Australian composers, his favorite music to play on a day off and why he’s opted to make his home in the U.S.

Listen to CPR Classical throughout the day Wednesday to hear music from Boyd’s CPR Performance Studio session.