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Bradley Kunda : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Waterlilies (After Claude Monet) : for guitar duet by Bradley Kunda, from the CD Landscape


Photo of Bradley Kunda

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

Bradley Kunda is a Doctor of Music Performance of the Australian National University. He is a member of Australia's premier guitar quartet Guitar Trek, first prize winner of the Córdoba International Classical Guitar Competition (Spain) and a recording artist for ABC Classics and Tall Poppies (Australia), and Soundset Recordings (USA).

A passionate exponent of new Australian music, Bradley has premiered works by Peter Sculthorpe, Robert Davidson, Marc Isaacs and Richard Charlton. It is perhaps of natural consequence that his 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 Epoqueto 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.

Bradley's specialisation as a performer is in collaborative acts of music making. He has worked with many of Australia's foremost instrumentalists including William Barton, Anthony Garcia, Goetz Richter, Teije Hylkema, Deborah de Graaff, Tonya Lemoh, and Nicole Canham. With a special interest in vocal repertoire, Bradley has performed extensively with soprano Rebecca MacCallion in rejuvenating the repertoire for voice and guitar with new compositions and arrangements. After two years of private tuition in vocal accompaniment, conducting and composition with Richard Gill OA, Bradley is now pursuing his second instrumental specialisation through the master's degree in collaborative piano performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is working with David Miller, Jeanell Carrigan, and Phillip Shovk.

As an educator, Bradley has taught into the degree programs at the Australian National University and the University of Newcastle. He is represented as an Associate Artist through the Australian Music Centre, which publishes his compositions.


Bradley Kunda — current to September 2018

Studied with

Stefan Ammer (1997 - 2002)

Tim Kain (2005 - 2012)

Bengt-Olov Palmqvist (2005 - 2008)

Geoffrey Lancaster (2009 - 2010)

Alistair Noble (2010 - 2012)

Richard Gill (2015 - 2016)

Jeanell Carrigan (2018)

Phillip Shovk (2018)

 

Collaborated with

Matthew Withers (2005 - 2018)

Harold Gretton (2006 - 2008)

Richard Charlton (2007 - 2008)

Robert Davidson (2007 - 2012)

Tim Kain (2009 - 2018)

Minh Le Hoang (2009 - 2018)

Rebecca MacCallion (2009 - 2018)

Nicole Canham (2011 - 2012)

William Barton (2013)

Anthony Garcia (2013)

Teijie Hylkema (2013)

Goetz Richter (2014 - 2015)

Deborah de Graaff (2017)

Tonya Lemoh (2017)

 

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