Label: Move Records
Subgenre: Classical Guitar
Komponist: Andres Segovia (1893-1987), Phillip Houghton (1954-2017), Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), Aleksander Tansman (1897-1986)
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- 1Segovia: Divertimento02:53
- 2Puccini: Crisantemi05:48
- 3Houghton: The Mantis and the Moon03:32
- 4Houghton: Lament03:05
- 5Houghton: Alchemy02:51
- 6Tansman: Variations on a Theme by Scriabin08:15
Info zu Contra
Featuring works by Segovia, Houghton, Puccini, and Tansman. Opposing yet complementary performers can create thrilling artistry - this is the basis on which Contra Guitar Duo was formed by Hamish Strathdee and Emma-Shay Gallenti-Guilfoyle.
The pair met at their university auditions in 2011 and have been making music together ever since. Their contrasting musical personalities and charming personal chemistry bring a dynamic spin to the fantastic combination of two guitars. United by their passion to bring audiences music they love, Hamish and Emma-Shay are excited to showcase the varied and rich expressive capabilities of the guitar duo as an ensemble.
Contra Guitar Duo has performed extensively in Europe and Australia. Performance highlights include the Dubai World Expo, Staatsoper Hamburg, Melbourne Guitar Festival and the Darmstädter Gitarrentage..
Hamish Strathdee, classical guitar
Emma-Shay Gallenti-Guilfoyle, classical guitar
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Contra Guitar Duo
Opposing yet complementary performers can create thrilling artistry - this is the basis on which Contra Guitar Duo was formed by Hamish Strathdee and Emma-Shay Gallenti-Guilfoyle.
The pair met at their university auditions ten years ago, and have been making music together ever since. Their contrasting musical personalities and charming personal chemistry bring a dynamic spin to the fantastic combination of two guitars.
United by their passion to bring audiences music they love, Hamish and Emma-Shay are excited to showcase the varied and rich expressive capabilities of the guitar duo as an ensemble.
is regarded as an "excellent young Australian performer" (Limelight Magazine). Hamish's debut recording, Impressions of Spain, has received critical acclaim, hailed as "an excellent debut” (Classical Guitar Magazine) and his playing has been described as being of “the highest standard” (Soundboard Magazine) and with a “gloriously warm and rich” sound (Classical Guitar Magazine).
Hamish has performed to audiences across the globe as a soloist and as part of the Contra Guitar Duo, with highlights including; the Melbourne Guitar Festival and World Expo Dubai, as well as engagements at Hamburgische Staatsoper and the Darmstädter Gitarrentage and a number of international TV and radio appearances. Hamish has received numerous prizes in international competitions including prizes in the: London; Stuttgart; and Aalborg International Guitar Competitions.
Hamish has been the recipient of numerous of scholarships and grants including: a postgraduate study Stipendium from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD); an achievement scholarships from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg; the Peter and Lena Karmel Honours Scholarship awarded to "the most outstanding student in music commencing an Honours year at the ANU School of Music"; and awards from the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation.
Hamish holds a Master of Music from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, an Artist Diploma (Künstlerisches Aufbaustudium) from the Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt and a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the Australian National University. During his studies he was fortunate to be mentored by Timothy Kain, Minh Le Hoang, Olaf Van Gonnissen and Tilman Hoppstock. He has also benefitted from studies with Paolo Pegoraro at the Segovia Guitar Academy in Pordenone, Italy.
Australian classical guitarist and lutenist, Emma-Shay Gallenti-Guilfoyle, delights international audiences with her charming persona. Known for her musical and sensitive playing, Emma-Shay enjoys sharing diverse and compelling repertoire.
Chamber music collaborations and new music projects are her passions. Contra Guitar Duo was formed by Emma-Shay and her partner, Hamish Strathdee, after they met at their university auditions a decade ago, and they have been making music together ever since. Their contrasting musical personalities and charming personal chemistry bring a dynamic spin to the fantastic combination of two guitars. In 2022, Emma-Shay worked on a number of new music projects including: Counterpoint, a multi-project collaboration between the Hochschule für Musik um Theater Hamburg, Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and the Hamburger Gitarrenforum; Blackbox Natur, a large scale new concert format project between the Elbphilharmonie, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences as part of the Hamburg International Music Festival; Loud Rooms, an immersive free improvisation event at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; and the Green Guitar, a long term project bringing together female forces in Australian composition to create new works for guitar inspired by the theme of ‘green’ in response to the climate crisis.
Emma-Shay has performed to audiences across the globe as part of World Expo Dubai Australia Pavilion 2022, the Melbourne Guitar Festival 2020 and Darmstädter Gitarrentage 2018. She was a finalist in the 2020 New York Guitar Competition, semi-finalist in the 2020 Deutscher Gitarrenpreis, finalist in the 2019 and 2016 Adelaide International Guitar Competition as well as in the 2015 Melbourne Guitar Festival International Guitar Competition.
Emma-Shay received a prestigious scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung to support her Masters study with Professor Olaf Van Gonnissen at the Hochschule für Musik und Theatre Hamburg, Germany. She was presented the Australian Music Foundation’s Guy Parsons Award to purchase a new hand-crafted Renaissance lute. In 2018, she received an artist grant from the PPCA Performers' Trust Foundation to support her postgraduate studies in Darmstadt and in her final year of Bachelor study in Australia, she received the Ken and Vera Fowler Honours Scholarship from the Australian National University for her outstanding level of musical accomplishment and the potential to make an outstanding contribution to music.
Emma-Shay began her guitar studies in Brisbane with Dr Paul Svoboda at Loreto College Coorparoo, and continued at the University of Queensland with Isolde Schaupp. She completed her Bachelor or Music at the Australian National University with First Class Honours studying under Minh Le Hoang. In 2020, Emma-Shay obtained her Künstlerisches Aufbaustudium at the Akademie für Tonkunst, Darmstadt, Germany and recently received a Masters of Music from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with top marks where she studied with Prof. Olaf Van Gonnissen.