Rupert Guenther - contemporary violinist

Rupert Guenther’s music encompasses original classical, world music, blues, rock, ambient, and amplified soundscapes.

"an accomplished musician"
The Australian

Setting his concerts in cathedrals, art galleries, car parks and concert halls,
his compositions, meditative improvisations, raw blues, and chamber music recitals are imaginative, mature and highly original.

“The real thing, not the snug sentimental favourites”

The Age, Melbourne

His cutting-edge work departs radically from even most contemporary concert- hall etiquette, and is all improvisation- based. It is full of intensity, meaning and inspiration.

“there is a real depth and class to Guenther’s violin skills”

Nova magazine

His innovative use of sounds and playing styles fill his music with the light of far off constellations, the sounds of mosques, the silence of bamboo forests and wilderness mountaintops, and timeless ocean voyages and journeys, through ancient lands and their histories.

“Guenther’s compositions have a distinctly spiritual quality”

3MBS-FM Libretto magazine, Melbourne

He has many new commissioned works, performances and recordings from major institutions including Tate Britain and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, ABC Classic FM, the National Gallery of Victoria and LaTrobe University in Australia.

Since 2003 he has released over 27 CDs of his own music including five CDs for ABC Classic FM of solo sonatas for solo violin, sonatas for violin and piano, and soundscapes for contemporary ensemble.

He performs in many international collaborations with other distinguished musicians, poets, sculptors and visual artists, including Hollywood singer-songwriter Lisbeth Scott (USA), John Mayo (conceptual metal sculptor USA),and percussionist David Jones (Australia).

He is also violinist/founder of the Austria-based cello & violin duo The Mandelbrot Duo, frontman for The Rupert Guenther Blues Band, and leader of ambient music group Crystal Voyager.

He has presented at leading international conferences including the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) International Conference in Denver 2008 and Switzerland 2015, the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) 39th International Conference in Sweden 2011, and
The Reflective Conservatoire at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London in 2009.

He has featured in interviews, reviews and feature articles in The Age and The Australian, and major articles the Austrian press. The Age newspaper included him in their Top 100 Magazine as one of the 100 major contributors to culture.

His breakthrough approach to classical improvisation is recognised internationally, and he has held mastercourses at several leading European conservatoriums inclduing
the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London) and the Vienna University for the Performing Arts (MDW).

His private clients include principal members of: the Zurich Opera and La Scala (Milan).

He is also Director of the annual International Mastercourse for Improvisation in St Paul, Austria, and wrote and teaches the Classical Improvisation electives at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University.

In his earlier professional work he played sideman to the stars in many orchestras and operas in Europe and Australia, including principal positions in the Vienna Chamber Opera, The Beatles producer Sir George Martin and many more.

He also played professionally in blues and rock bands in Melbourne for 10 years with the who’s who of Australia’s best session players including Chris Copping (Procul Harum) and Gary Young (Daddy Cool).

He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance (violin) from Victorian College of the Arts/Melbourne University where he studied with Donald Scotts and Brian Finlayson. He then studied a further 3 years with the renowned Helfried Fister in Austria. In addition, he was mentored in improvisation by Stephen Housden (Little River Band), and Allan Zavod (Frank Zappa). He also holds professional qualifications as a mentor and life coach.