Interview with “Broken Guitar” virtuoso Street performer, Tom Ward


Tom Ward was born in Tasmania, Australia in 1983. In 1997 he began his classical music studies at the St. Cecilia School of Music, with violinist & guitar teacher Matthews Tyson (ex pupil of violin virtuoso Jan Sedivka), here he received two music Diplomas. By 2001 Tom had received first place in numerous music competitions and released his first CD ‘Tasmanian Sunrise’.

In 2001 on full scholarship Tom started his Bmus(hons) under the mentorship of Timothy Kain at the Australian National University. He received his first class honours degree in 2005. During this period Tom also had the opportunity to study with artists Geoffrey Lancaster, Pavel Steidl & Carlo Barone.


Tasmanian Composer of the Year (2000) (Australian Society of Musicology & Composition).
Foundation for Young Australians, Australia Day Young Citizen of the year (2003).
1st Place in the ensemble section (guitar trio) at the Australian International Guitar Festival (2004).
1st place, Open Instrumental section, Hobart Eisteddfod (2004).
Finalist at the International Gisborne Music Competition New Zealand (2004).


Tom is regularly broadcast on the ABC and often appears in Australian, New Zealand and Japanese newspapers. He has performed in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, London, and at Maestro Carlo Barone’s request performed an all 19th Century program at the International Condrongianos Festival in Italy (2004). Recently Tom has performed at the Darwin International Guitar Festival and represented Australia with a series of 11 highly acclaimed concerts at the Japanese World Expo.


Tom’s commitment to the guitar extends to music as a whole, he considers it necessary to explore guitar performance further through the study and interpretation of the great composers, conductors & soloists. He sees the guitar as a most versatile & expressive solo instrument.

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