Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald

Started at UWA: 2016

Preparing the next generation of classical guitarists

It’s really a privilege to have the opportunity to work with highly motivated students on amazing music each week. I can't imagine a more satisfying career.Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald

Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald is an internationally recognised performer and teacher, and Head of Guitar at the UWA Conservatorium of Music. Past concert highlights include performances with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, WA Opera, radio performances for ABC Radio National and RTRFM, in addition to solo recitals across the United States and Australia.

A dedicated educator with nearly 15 years of teaching experience, Dr Fitzgerald strives to provide his students with real-world performance experience outside the walls of the University, organising regular performances and concert tours across Australia.

His inspiring and supportive teaching style earned him the highly coveted Jack L Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012.

Hailing from the United States, Dr Fitzgerald earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees studying with Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Museums and Galleries National Award for Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement, 2017

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Jack L Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012

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Audience Choice Prize, Great Lakes International Guitar Competition, 2011

Voyces - Berceuse (with Jonathan Fitzgerald)

I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with not only our highly motivated and enthusiastic students, but also my amazing and supportive colleagues at the UWA Conservatorium. They make this a very satisfying and rewarding place to teach.Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald

Guitar at UWA

The guitar studio at the UWA Conservatorium of Music is among the most active in the country. In 2017 the guitar studio performed 12 concerts across WA and interstate, including a concert tour of the South West and a performance in Melbourne hosted by the Melbourne Guitar Foundation. In 2018, UWA launched the first Perth International Classical Guitar Festival, bringing together national and international artists across five days of concerts, masterclasses, workshops and demonstrations. Over the course of the degree program, students will hone their performance abilities and develop skills in interpretation, programming, arranging, ensemble performance and pedagogy.

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