Boyd Meets Girl pairs American cellist Laura Metcalf with Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd, in an ensemble that performs an exciting and eclectic blend of transcriptions and original works from the baroque through modern day.
Touring Australia in August/September 2017, the Boyd Meets Girl performance program spans the highlights of western classical music, with works by J.S. Bach, the Bolivian composer Jaime Zenamon, flamenco-inspired songs by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, and a work arranged for the ensemble by the eminent Australian composer Ross Edwards.
About the performers
New York-based Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative”, and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” He has performed across four continents, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to festivals in Europe, China, India, Nepal, the Philippines and Australia. In the U.S. Rupert Boyd has performed at such prestigious venues and festivals as the Newport Music Festival, Music in the Strathmore Mansion, Marlow Guitar Series, Grand Canyon Guitar Society, University of Hawaii and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Cellist Laura Metcalf, renowned as a compelling soloist and chamber musician, has been acclaimed for her “brilliant” playing (Gramophone Magazine), "gorgeous cello legatos" (Washington Post) and described as “a cellist whose passion for music is as evident as her artistry and talent” (I care if you listen). She has performed in nearly all 50 U.S. states and in countries on six continents, including, among many others, South Africa, Nepal, Argentina, Qatar, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Australia. In 2016 Laura released her first solo album, First Day, on the Grammy-winning label Sono Luminus. Described as a “joyous program” by American Record Guide, the album debuted at #7 on the Billboard Classical charts. Laura is the cellist of award-winning string quintet Sybarite5.
“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.” - The Washington Post
“Boyd’s playing is beautifully refined, with gorgeous tone… musically and technically flawless... [the Granados is] one of the best recorded performances of this work on guitar.” – Soundboard (Guitar Foundation of America quarterly publication) – review of Boyd’s solo CD Valses Poéticos
“Metcalf has a beautiful tone, a projecting sense of line and an extroverted joie de vivre” – Classical Modern Music
7.30pm: Doors and Bar Open
8pm - 8.45pm: Act One
8.45pm - 9.15pm: Interval 30 mins
9.15pm - 10pm: Act Two
10pm - 10.30pm: Bar will remain open after the show