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Tim Kain

Timothy Kain is one of Australia’s leading instrumentalists. Initially inspired by popular music and flamenco, Timothy Kain’s first classical guitar lessons were with Sadie Bishop at the Canberra School of Music. After graduating, he lived in Spain and England where he studied with Jose Tomás and Gordon Crosskey, and won first prize in the Third International Guitar Competition in Alicante, Spain, and the Royal Northern College of Music Bach prize.

Among his many overseas concert activities he has toured the UK and Australia, and released a CD with John Williams both as a duo and as a member of the ensemble Attacca. Tim is renowned for his commissioning, performance and recording of Australian works.

Along with a strong commitment to helping build a substantial repertoire of original Australian works for the guitar, Tim has dedicated much of his energy to the nurturing of the next generation of Australian guitarists in his role as Head of Guitar at the Australian National University’s School of Music. A long-term curriculum focus on original Australian repertoire has led to a younger generation of outstanding players also strongly involved in commissioning, performing and recording new Australian works.  A large number of Canberra guitar students have achieved success in major national and international guitar competitions, including first prizes in Vienna, Tokyo, Italy, Spain and the USA, amongst others. The majority of his graduates have gone on to enjoy successful performing and teaching careers of their own. Tim was made a member of the Order of Australia, AM in 2013.

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