FREE Presentation Meet the Maker
12:00pm, Sept 21st, Dalton Room Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre (Upstairs)
Have you ever wondered how a guitar is built?
This is your chance to hear master luthier Andrew Doriean discuss his building principles and how he refines his instruments to achieve a beautiful balance between tone, power and sustain.
Andrew is also our main festival sponsor, and has kindly donated a guitar valued at $6800 as first prize for our advanced category performance competition!
BOOKINGS are not required, it will be available to all until the room is full :)
Music has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. From Dad's record collection to Mum's piano and singing, and of course the guitar that was once my uncle's, which became mine and began a lifelong fascination with strings, necks and soundboards. A love of timber is also an enduring passion that began in childhood. My family has worked with timber for generations and the smell of sawdust is as comforting to me as the scent of baking bread. I was given my own set of hand tools when I was a kid, and given some experience in their use. When you are a young guitar player with an interest in woodwork it isn't a massive leap to see where that might lead. Before I got around to making guitars full-time though, I studied sound engineering and worked for many years in this field. This taught me to train my ears and refined my sense of sound. I started out working for a company in Melbourne and learnt a lot about what it takes to produce a guitar. After setting out on my own I have spent countless hours researching guitar design. I have also sought and received generous advice from many talented luthiers and players. Experience is also a great teacher and I continue to refine my designs and craftsmanship. I love nearly all genres of music, but in recent years have focussed mainly on producing modern classicals, flamenco guitars and specialty period instruments.