Hayden Burke is a classical guitar performer and teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. Currently completing his Honours at the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music, he appears in concerts as a soloist and in various ensembles, while maintaining a studio of students at several Perth music schools.
As a performer Hayden has given solo recitals and appeared in collaborative concerts across WA in Perth, Margaret River, Busselton, and Albany. He performs regularly with the UWA Quartet and Moretti Ensemble, as well as past projects with percussionists, violinists, pianists, and flautists. Many of these performances have included World and Australian premieres. In 2021 Hayden was a finalist in the prestigious Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition, and winner of People’s Choice at UWA’s “The Musician” competition in 2018. He has appeared on RTRFM “Plucked Strings” for interviews, performances, and his recordings featured also.
Hayden is a skilled teacher who is dedicated to passing on his knowledge of guitar and music, while instilling a lifelong passion for music in his students. Teaching at several music schools around Perth, Hayden has experience working with students of varying skill levels and a wide range of ages. His students in the past have often worked towards AMEB exams, auditions, performances, or have simply wanted to learn the guitar for fun. He also makes guest appearances regularly at schools giving performances and working with guitar ensembles.
Hayden finished his Bachelor of Music degree at the end of 2021 from the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald. During his studies, Hayden had the opportunity to play in masterclasses for international guitarists such as Craig Ogden, Karin Schaupp, Johannes Moller, Dr Jonathan Paget, Dr Nathan Fischer, Rupert Boyd, Ingrid Riollot, and Paul Cesarczyk. Currently he in completing an Honours degree at UWA to continue honing his skills as a performing musician, researcher, and teacher.
Hayden plays a 1980 Richard Howell guitar, built in Adelaide, South Australia.