Lifelong connections through music

Rupert Boyd (BMus '04)
29 Nov 2022

One thing I've learned is that the connections you make it university are lifelong, especially in an industry like music.

I was born in Canberra, grew up there, and studied music at The Australian National University (ANU). At ANU, there are two people who I made very strong connections with.
The first being my guitar teacher Timothy Kain, who is a figurehead of the guitar world. Thirty-something years after graduating and I still think of Tim not only as a mentor, but as a friend. Every time I go back to Australia I visit Tim, to play guitar for him and get his feedback.
The second is a colleague called Jacob Cordover, who I met because we were both students of Tim's. Tim introduced us and said, 'you should play in a duo together'. That duo has continued for now more than 20 years.
Being a musician is a very difficult career path but I think ANU taught me tenacity. The University instilled in me a willingness to put oneself out there, to work hard, and to have a great experience with great teachers.

ANU alumnus Rupert Boyd (BMus '04) is an acclaimed classical guitarist based in New York City. You can follow Rupert on Instagram: @rupertboydguitar


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