Adrian Walter


Adrian Walter AM has enjoyed a highly successful and varied career as a classical guitarist, artistic director, and senior tertiary manager. He studied guitar and cello in Australia at the University of Adelaide Elder Conservatorium of Music and has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician on both modern and early nineteenth century guitars. Noted as a leading authority on the repertoire and performance practice of the early nineteenth century guitar, he has given many performances and masterclasses in Australia, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Europe and the UK. In his capacity as Artistic Director of the Darwin International Guitar Festival from 1993 to 2007, he commissioned a substantial number of new compositions for the guitar, including those from celebrated Australian composers Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards and Elena Kats-Chernin. He also presented many world-class artists at the festival including an extraordinary performance of Peter Sculthorpe’s Guitar Concerto by John Williams in Kakadu National Park. Adrian Walter has held several senior academic roles at tertiary institutions around Australia and in Asia. A notable career highlight was his appointment as Director of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from 2012 to 2020, during which time he was honoured with the title of Emeritus Director and Professor. In 2008 he received the Order of Australia (AM) from the Australian Government for his services to arts and education. Since 2020 Adrian Walter resumed his career in Australia where he is currently performing, giving masterclasses and preparing a publication on the early nineteenth century guitar.



華道賢 AM的事業朝多方面發展,既是位十分成功的古典結他手,也是位藝術總監、專上學院高級管理人員。他早年在澳洲阿德萊德大學音樂學院就讀,主修結他和大提琴,畢業後以獨奏和合奏方式,演繹十九世紀初和現代的結他樂曲,足跡遍及世界多地,包括澳洲、香港、中國大陸、歐洲和英國,同時主持大師班,成了十九世紀早期結他樂譜與演奏法的權威。因此之故,從1993至2007年,他出任達爾文國際結他節的藝術總監,期間委約了多位人士創作大量結他樂曲,包括澳洲著名的作曲家史裘蘇普、艾華茲、卡斯-車寧等;同時,他亦在該藝術節的節目中包括多位世界級樂人的演出,包括邀請約翰‧威廉斯在卡卡杜國家公園演奏史裘蘇普的《結他協奏曲》。在學術界,華道賢曾於澳洲和亞洲出任多個專上學院的高職,最為人熟知的是於2012至2020年間擔任香港演藝學院的校長,期間並獲得名譽校長與教授銜頭。2008年,他獲澳洲政府頒授勳銜(AM),表揚他在藝術與教育兩方面的貢獻。現時華道賢已返回澳洲,繼續演奏和主持大師班的工作,同時在籌備一份刊物,專門探討十九世紀早期的結他音樂。