Melbourne International Guitar Competition Winner - Callum Henshaw
Presented by Araluen Arts Centre
Organised by the Melbourne Guitar Foundation, the Melbourne International Guitar Festival is the southern hemisphere’s largest annual classical guitar festival.
Held in the historic Melba Hall, guitarists from all over the world converge on Melbourne to take part in a weekend of guitar. In 2017, Callum Henshaw was the winner of the International Concert Artist Competition and will tour Australia in 2018.
Canberra-born classical guitarist Callum Henshaw is considered one of Australia's leading young players. He has had success in a number of major national and international competitions, including First Prize Winner at the 2012 Cordoba International Guitar Competition, the 2014 Tirana International Guitar Competition, and the 2015 Friends of the ANU School of Music Chamber Music Competition (with Andrew Blanch); Best Performance of an Australian Work at the 2013 Melbourne Guitar Competition; and Third Prize at the 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Competition. He also awarded First Prize and the People's Choice Prize at the 2016 Open Instrumental Whitworth Roach Classical Music Competition. Most recently, Cal placed first in the 2017 Melbourne International Concert Artist Guitar Competition.
Henshaw began the guitar at the age of six, studying with a number of Canberra's leading teachers, including Minh Le Hoang, and completed his honours degree with First Class Honours at the ANU's School of Music under world-renowned guitar performer and teacher, Timothy Kain. He is currently completing his doctorate in music at the ANU.
In 2012, Cal released his first commercial recording and in 2016 released the critically acclaimed, Echo & Return, which includes the world premiere recording, 'Bleed-through', by Australian composer, Samuel Smith.
Cal performs on a Greg Smallman & Sons classical guitar and is proudly sponsored by Knobloch Strings.