RICHARD CHARLTON

Guitarist/Composer

Richard with APRA Award
Richard Charlton
Richard Charlton
The very latest!
News, new works, new CDs:

Just released - Suite Latina, Oliver Fartach-Naini's new CD with suites for solo guitar by me, Maximo Diego Pujol and Hector Ayala. Click HERE to order.

Also just out, Bach in the Dark - Consonance CD with my Bach Constructs & other Bach inspired works. See my NEWS page. Or click HERE to order.

My latest work, Shorelines was commissioned by Matt Withers & the  Acacia Quartet. This piece for guitar & string quartet was premiered on the 18 August at the National Aboretum in Canberra with further performances in Sydney & at the Melbourne International Guitar Festival. Their whole program of new works for guitar & string quartet has just been recorded for digital release by ABC Classics. See my NEWS page for more details.

Also coming up, a new Tim Kain CD of all Australian works for solo guitar. This will include the Sonata of Forgotten Dreams commissioned by Tim in 2016. The disc should be out next year on NAXOS.

See the recent premiere of Daintree, a suite for Mandolin ensemble & percussion in Germany. Here

All the guitar world was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Phillip Houghton last year. A dear friend and a uniquely gifted composer, he was an inspiration to all but, particularly to me. I attended a special Celebration Concert of Phil's music at Montsalvat in Melbourne late last year; a place where we first met way back in 1989. Here are highlights courtesy of Guitarsonline. Also our own tribute from the Sydney Guitar Trio. Thank you to all who made this event so memorable and heartfelt.

I have done some new cello & guitar arrangements for Karin Schaupp's latest collaboration CD, Wayfaring with cellist Umberto Clerici, released in March. Check out my version of the Dvorak song "Lasst mich allein". Here

My latest guitar quartet, Five Tails in Cold Blood, was premiered by Guitar Trek last November. This was very kindly commissioned by Bill McIntyre to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Australia's much loved guitar group.

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With the Sydney Guitar Trio - Raff and Janet.

"Richard Charlton is producing some of the most inspired and accessible guitar works of the present era" - an extract from a review in the UK magazine, Classical Guitar.  More...

Checkout my Podcast interview with Simon Powis:  Listen here

Watch some YouTube videos of my music:

THE BLACK COCKATOO (flying alone) - played by Australian guitarist Stephanie Jones

BLACK OPAL PRELUDE - listen to Anton Baranov, 2013 GFA winner from Russia

CANTILENA - a tutorial on one of my pieces currently in AMEB Grade 3, then watch me play it - Here

BERCEUSE - check-out this very artistic version by Chinese guitarist Wu Di

PARTIAL ECLIPSE, performed by 100 young guitarists in the '2014 Who's Next' Festival in Schouwburg Almere, Netherlands. Conducted by Peter Constant

Hear another guitar ensemble work as played at the 2013 Sydney Guitar Summer School . . . GREAT BARRIER


Go to my "LISTEN & PLAY" page for more sound files or go to my "ORDER" page to buy music . . .
Richard Charlton is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading guitarist/composers.

His works have been recorded & performed by many leading Australian and international players.

Richard's music combines a love of melody with a keen sense of harmonic & formal structure - music "to entice ear as well as the intellect"  More...

(Northern Herald).