Classical guitarist Rupert Boyd returns to Port Clinton to play his first solo concert for the Musical Arts Series on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Rd. Boyd has received rave reviews in performances across four continents, from Carnegie Hall to China.
A Washington Post critique noted: “Remember the name Rupert Boyd. While there may never be another classical guitarist like Segovia, this young Australian left his audience with the impression that someday there may not be the likes of him again, either.”
At 22, Boyd moved from Australia to New York City with just a suitcase and a guitar, and not knowing a single person in North America. He has subsequently become known as one of the finest guitarists of his generation.
Active as both a soloist and chamber musician, Boyd has performed in Port Clinton in “Boyd Meets Girl,” with cellist Laura Metcalf. Boyd Meets Girl’s debut album reached No. 3 on the Billboard Traditional Classical charts and received the following review in Gramophone Magazine: “They play like one, with a harmony of purpose as sure as their intonation.”
Boyd also has three solo albums. “The Guitar,” Is described as “an utterly exceptional recording” by Classical Guitar Magazine, and “a must-have album of 2019” by This Is Classical Guitar. Fantasías was selected by American Record Guide as “Critic’s Choice” of 2016, and Soundboard described the work on Boyd’s debut recording Valses Poéticos as “one of the best recorded performances of this work on guitar.”
Boyd holds a Bachelor of Music from the Australian National University School of Music, a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and an Artist Diploma from the Yale University School of Music. In addition to winning the Andrés Segovia award from the Manhattan School of Music, Boyd was also a winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition.
This performance is sponsored by the Frederick Agency and Aquarius Waterfront Cocktails and Bistro. Tickets are $20 at the door; student admission is free. Additional information is available at musicalartsportclinton.com and rupertboyd.com.