Hayden Burke is a classical guitar performer and teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. Currently studying 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 notable Perth music schools.
As a performer Hayden has given solo recitals and appeared in numerous collaborative concerts across WA with fellow musicians, including other guitarists in quartets and large ensembles, as well as percussionists, violinists, pianists, and flautists. In 2021 Hayden was a finalist in the Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition, semi-finalist in the 2021 VOSE Memorial Prize, and winner of People's Choice at UWA's "The Musician" competition in 2018. His recordings have also been featured on RTRFM "Plucked Strings".
Hayden is a skilled teacher who is dedicated to passing on his knowledge of guitar and music, and instilling a lifelong passion for music in his students. Teaching at numerous music schools around Perth, Hayden has experience working with students of varying skill levels, ranging from beginners to advanced, and students of ages from 5 years old to retirees. His students in the past have often worked towards AMEB exams, auditions, or have simply wanted to learn the guitar for fun. He also appears regularly at schools as a guest giving performances and working with young children in their guitar ensembles.
Hayden plans on finishing 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 has 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, and Paul Cesarczyk. In 2022 and onwards he looks forward to further study to continue honing his skills as a performing musician and teacher.
Hayden plays a 1980 Richard Howell guitar, built in Adelaide, South Australia.