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Roland Chadwick : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: One hour to madness and joy : guitar trio by Roland Chadwick, from the CD One hour to madness and joy

Photo of Roland Chadwick

Photo: Sam Lloyd-Smith

Born in 1957 and brought up by UK immigrants in Woonona, Roland Chadwick's early musical studies were with Peter Andrews and Gregory Pikler. In 1980 he began studies in the theory of music and composition with Edwin Carr at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. Later he was a member of the Sydney Opera House Bennelong Players, and a founding member of the Sydney Guitar Quartet until 1985.

Roland made his Classical Guitar d├ębut Recital at the Sydney Opera House Broadwalk Theatre in 1988. Tours of Italy, England, Sweden and Mexico followed in 1989/90 during which he was Australia's representative at Festival Cervantino in Mexico ('89).

In 1990 Roland created the Paganini Project which was a series of three concert programs with some of Australia's finest string players and, most notably, with Hartmut Lindemann, the great German viola player. He was three times a finalist in the Australian Guitar Competition and made numerous recordings for the ABC, 2MBS-FM and commercial television. His compositions have been published in Australia and in London, and he is the author of Time in Music.

In 1997 he left Australia and, after a brief and productive sojourn in LA, moved to live permanently in the UK. On his arrival in England he gave concerts in the Philharmonic Hall and Bluecoat Rooms in Liverpool and has played for most of the major guitar societies in England. He has been hailed as a guitarist's guitarist by the likes of John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel. His recordings with Steve Vai, Barriemore Barlow (Jethro Tull) and the English Chamber Orchestra are regarded as classics of their type.

On arriving in England, Roland pursued various recording/performance projects which included the production and string arrangements for Mike Lindup's (Level 42) Conversations with Silence CD; recording an EP of songs with Lindup and Tabitha Lebec called PPF-EPwhich, featuring Roland's Morning Song; and a blues/rock album Native Tongue with drummer Barriemore Barlow (Jethro Tull) and producer Julian Mendelsohn. Roland later recorded La Violeta with Lesley Garrett and Sir George Martin - this CD also featured Michel Legrand. He collaborated with Surinder Sandhu, Steve Vai and Andy Sheppard on the recording Saurang Orchestra, contributing the original composition Elephant Strings. At various times Roland performed with John Rebourn, Pentangle, Papa George, Tommy Emmanuel and Alan Glen of the Yardbirds.

Roland also performed recorded with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In 2002 he formed the Modern Guitar Trio with Vincent Lindsay Clark and Roland Gallery. This group performs exclusively the compositions of the players and reached success when the San Francisco Ballet used Roland Chadwick's Wendy House Suite for a Ballet in 2009. The Trio also performed at the International Classical Guitar Festival at West Dean.

Roland Chadwick — current to August 2015