Born in Melbourne, Marshall McGuire studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music, London. Following his acclaimed London debut for the Park Lane Group, he has established an international career as a leading exponent of contemporary and baroque harp music.

He has commissioned and premiered more than 100 new works for harp, and in recognition of this received the 1997 Sounds Australian Award for the Most Distinguished Contribution to the Presentation of Australian Music.

He has performed as soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, English String Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony and the Australia Ensemble and has appeared at international festivals including Aldeburgh, Melbourne, Milan, Geneva, Brighton, Vienna, Huddersfield, Huntington and Adelaide. From 1988-1992, Marshall was Principal Harpist with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He has been a member of the ELISION ensemble since 1988, and was lecturer in harp at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2003 he was appointed Artistic Director of Sonic Art Ensemble, and was awarded an inaugural Creative Fellowship from the State Library of Victoria to research the works of Peggy Glanville-Hicks. Marshall received a Churchill Fellowship in 2004.

He made his conducting debut in performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Pacific Opera in 1999. He conducted performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Macau International Music Festival in 2010. From 1996 – 2000 he created a series of chamber music concerts for the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, the first of their type in the world. From 1999-2001 he was curator of the Twilight Chamber Music Series for Sydney Festival, and in 2003 he was artist-in-residence at the Bundanon Trust. Marshall has released seven CDs, and has received three ARIA award nominations.

Marshall McGuire is the Founding President of the New Music Network, was Chair of the Music Committee of the New South Wales Ministry of the Arts, is a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra Artistic Advisory Committee and was Music Director of the AYO’s National Music Camp 2003, 2005 & 2008. He was the inaugural curator of the Utzon Music Series from 2006-2011 at the Sydney Opera House, and in December 2006 was appointed Executive Manager, Artistic Planning with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He was a participant in the Australia 2020 Summit held in April 2008 at Parliament House, Canberra.

Marshall is Director of Artistic Planning at the Melbourne Recital Centre

For more information, you can visit Marshall’s website.