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Bradley Kunda : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Love, the Rover (soprano with guitar) by Bradley Kunda, from the CD Up the creek

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Artist website: http://www.bradleykunda.com

Bradley Kunda is a musician of extraordinarily diverse talents who believes in the classical ideal of the complete musician, devoted to performance, composition, teaching, and writing about music.

Kunda is a Doctor of Music Performance of the Australian National University, where he trained as a classical guitarist. He has since become a long-standing member of Australia's premier guitar quartet Guitar Trek, performing alongside his mentor Timothy Kain AM. Kunda has performed in major festivals and concert series throughout Australia, including the Adelaide and Darwin International Guitar Festivals, the Canberra International Music Festival, and the ABC's Sunday Live series. A passionate exponent of new Australian music, Kunda has premiered works by Peter Sculthorpe, Robert Davidson, Marc Isaacs and Richard Charlton.

It is perhaps of natural consequence that Kunda's own compositional output is dedicated largely to the guitar. His creative process often involves exploring other art forms. For example, his recent suite for flute and guitar, Spirit of the Plains (2015), draws on the sound world of the Belle Epoque to evoke the sinuous curves of Sydney Long's Art Nouveau-styled Australian bush. By contrast, his guitar duet Waterlilies (2007) attempts a sonic representation of Monet's multi-layered colour palette, achieved through the blurring of musical lines in a strict canon that resembles a live delay effect.

As both performer and composer, Kunda is largely involved in collaborative acts of music making. He has performed with a number of Australia's foremost instrumentalists including William Barton, Anthony Garcia, Goetz Richter, Teije Hylkema, and Nicole Canham. Maintaining a devoted interest in vocal music, Kunda accompanies soprano Rebecca MacCallion in rejuvenating the repertoire for voice and guitar with new compositions and arrangements. His duet, the Brew Guitar Duo, has also made significant contributions to the repertoire, and is a well-established part of the Australian guitar scene.

Kunda has been a finalist for the Music Council of Australia's Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music. Among his many awards are First Prize in the Córdoba International Guitar Competition (Spain), a Canberra Critic's Circle Award (Australia), and the audience prize in the Nikšić International Guitar Competition (Montenegro).

As an educator, Kunda has taught into the degree programs at the Australian National University and the University of Newcastle. He is now privileged to be mentored by Australia's most esteemed musical educator, Richard Gill OA, in conducting, composition and piano accompaniment.

Kunda's recordings are available on ABC Classics (Australia) and Soundset Recordings (USA).

Bradley Kunda — current to July 2016

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Love, the Rover (soprano with guitar) (2016) Commissioned by Dr Philip Dutton on behalf of Burgmann College, the Australian National University