Researcher biography

From the experimental music scene in New York to performing early music with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, acclaimed guitarist/composer Anthony Garcia is a unique voice in the Australian guitar scene. Performing throughout Australia, China, Thailand, Japan, Mexico and the United States both as a soloist and in collaboration with creative artists across range of fields, Anthony's ever-evolving musical landscape embraces diverse cultural connections and contemporary experimentation.

Anthony's compositions encompass an eclectic range of styles and approaches with particular emphasis on works that build cross-cultural connections taking the guitar into new musical domains. His PhD, awarded in 2015, followed extensive research into improvisational practice and is currently being applied in the development of a new guitar method to be published in 2016.

Testimonial Anthony is a uniquely gifted teacher in being able to inspire by example in multiple ways: technique, musicianship, and (most-impressively) compositional ideas. Seeing him respond to student compositions with musical ideas improvised in real time is a rare gift, one that I have only previously seen with the likes of Leo Brouwer or Stepan Rak. His criticisms were always spot-on, yet delivered with characteristic personal warmth. Everyone who sees Anthony teach knows that they have witnessed something special. Dr Jonathan Paget, WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts)