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Jonathan is the Associate Dean (Research) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Jonathan Paget is the Associate Dean of Research at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. He is an Associate Professor in Classical Music, supervises numerous student research projects, and has taught extensively into music history and musicological research training.
One of Australia’s most successful guitarists, he also heads up the successful classical guitar program and remains active as a performing musician, with recent projects including the Silver Sands Guitar Trio and solo explorations of the early 19C guitar on period instrument.
As a solo classical guitarist, Paget has performed throughout Australia and the USA. He has performed with leading musicians such as Slava Grigoryan and Pavarotti, and has appeared as an artist at numerous festivals, including the Shell Darwin International Guitar Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival, the Australian Festival Baroque, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, and the Blackwood River Chamber Festival, among others. He has been a prize winner in the Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition, and has taken first place in numerous competitions including the Shell Darwin International Guitar Competition, the Australian Guitar Competition, and the Rantucci Guitar Competition.
Paget’s performances continue to garner stunning reviews, being described as “subtle, intimate artistry” [The West Australian], “a fine musician with brilliant technique” [Soundboard], “up there with some of the best” [Classical Guitar], and having “near-peerless command of the instrument” [The West Australian]. Paget has performed extensively on Australian radio, and his recordings include two solo guitar discs: Kaleidoscope, a celebration of the guitar’s multicultural horizon, and Midsummer’s Night, released on the Melbourne-based Move Records label. A magical selection of works by Walton, Barrios, and Sculthorpe, this disc has received extensive radio play on ABC Classic FM.
Paget has been a recipient of numerous prestigious academic scholarships and awards, including the Beazley Medal (for the highest tertiary entrance score in Western Australia), the JA Wood Prize (for the dux of five faculties at the University of Western Australia), a Fulbright Postgraduate Award, and a Hackett Studentship. The latter two scholarships enabled Paget to complete higher qualifications in the United States. Studying at the Eastman School of Music in upstate New York with the esteemed guitarist and pedagogue Dr Nicholas Goluses, he completed the Master of Music (guitar performance and literature), the Master of Arts (music theory pedagogy), and the Doctorate of Musical Arts (guitar performance and literature), which included research centring on the guitar music of Peter Sculthorpe.
Paget continues to pursue research interests in multiple areas, including Australian music, music for guitar and plucked strings, historical performance practices on theorbo and 19th century guitar, and music theory pedagogy. He is an active leader in professional and community associations, including the Classical Guitar Society of Western Australia, the WA Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association, and the WA Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia.
Australian music, music for guitar and plucked instruments, historical performance practices on theorbo and 19th century guitar, music theory pedagogy.