Professor Adrian Walter
Professor Adrian Walter AM has had a distinguished career in music education for over 30 years. He has served as a music educator, conductor and guitarist soloist, and is currently Director of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
A graduate of the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music, Adrian began his career in tertiary music education at the Charles Darwin University, where he was the founder and artistic director of the world-renowned Darwin International Guitar Festival. Over fourteen years, the Festival attracted the world’s leading classical guitarists to Australia. He commissioned numerous new works from leading Australian and emerging composers, and helped launch the careers of some of Australia’s most outstanding classical musicians. During his period at Charles Darwin University, Adrian was Head of the School of Creative Arts and Humanities and Dean of the Faculty of Law, Business and Arts.
From 2009 to 2012 he was Professor of Music, and Head of the School of Music at the Australian National University. He moved to Hong Kong in 2012 to take up the position of Director of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where he has worked closely with his management team and the Academy Council to develop a new strategic vision for the institution. He is also currently re-introducing a guitar stream at the Academy that embraces the demands of current industry practice and celebrates the diversity of the instrument’s cultural heritage.
Adrian has remained active as a classical guitarist throughout this career. His PhD in the area of 19th Century Historically Informed Performance Practice has seen him become a leading exponent in this area. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world on original early 19th C guitars and also gives regular lecture recitals on the interpretation of the music of this period.
He has worked internationally presenting masterclasses and as artist in residence at such institutions as the Central Conservatorium of Music in Beijing, Conservatorium of Music in Krakow and in October will visit Tianjin to participate in a major educational forum.
Adrian’s distinguished contribution to Australia’s cultural landscape was recognised in 2009 when he was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia, for “service to the arts, particularly in the area of classical guitar performance and musical composition through the Darwin International Guitar Festival, to music education, and as a supporter of emerging performers.”
華教授於2009年獲澳洲政府頒授Member of the Order of Australia (AM)以表揚他在藝術方面的成就，尤其是他在達爾文結他節中在古典結他及作曲方面的貢獻，以及對音樂教育與新晉音樂家的支持。