|How I started to play the guitar?
In 1998 for my 3rd birthday, amongst other things, I had asked for a guitar.
So my parents
took me to Venue Music in Parramatta and we bought a small guitar. While still
in the music store, the friendly salesperson gave me three guitar books as
a gift (Progressive Guitar, Method for young beginners A/B and Book 2 by Andrew
Scott & Gary Turner.)
I played on this guitar for almost two years learning
and memorising a lot of the pieces from the books I had with my parents help.
April 2000, I started my classical guitar studies with Alfred Alexander. I was
four and a half years old then.
In the begining I took a half an hour lesson per week and gradually increased
it to an hour, then 3 hours as my ambition and patience with the guitar grew,
thanks to my teacher who always found ways to keep my attention.
For a while I was playing Aaron Shearer's studies, which stayed in my memory
long enough and helped me to improve my technique.
| Also new pieces
started to appeal to me and I wasn't too concerned of how difficult
they were. If I like it, I play it.
With every new musical work, a lot
of time is needed, and I do not practice as much as many people
As my teacher always says, one hour of good practice is worth many
hours of practicing the wrong way.
So for years now, my memory has
helped me to remember many pieces and my repertoire grew. When
I'm choosing what to play, I like the musical composition to appeal to
And because of that, I'm always
looking for interesting music to perform, and listening and watching
many good guitarists.
Today, I continue my Classical Guitar studies
with Gregory Pikler at the Sydney Conservatorium High School.
His direction and tutelage helps me shape my music
to the highest levels.
biography (January 2012)
Alberta Khoury (Born in Sydney, Aug 1995) received her first classical
guitar at the age of three and a half. A year later, she commenced her
classical guitar studies with Alfred
Active in both solo performance
and competitions, Alberta performed at recitals in Australia and abroad.
In 2004, she gave a 45mins solo concert at the Tara
Anglican School for Girls organised by classical guitarist Michelle Blythe.
At the age of eight,
Alberta was awarded eight first prizes at the City of Penrith 2004 Eisteddfod.
Shortly after she won first prize in the McDonald’s Performing
Arts Challenge 16 years & under.
In 2006, Alberta performed for 2MBS FM
Radio as part of the “Even Younger Performers” program.
This was followed by a private performance at the “Spring Soiree” for the Friends
of the Sydney Cultural Council, hosted by Dr Thomas Wenkart. This featured six
outstanding artists from across Australia.
In 2007, she was invited to the "Heinsberg
International Guitar Festival & Competition” in
Germany with complimentary access to concerts and events. She also received special
lessons with classical guitarists Roman
Viazovskiy and Peter
Alberta visited the city of Koblenz where she participated in the “International
Koblenz Guitar Competition “Hubert Käppel” 2007. She attended MasterClasses with
Professor Hubert Käppel and Classical Guitarists Fabio
Zanon and Jason Vieux.
was also invited to study classical guitar with Prof. Käppel at the Gitarrenakademie
Koblenz for highly talented young classical guitarists.
At the Rhein-Mosel-Halle
Koblenz, Alberta performed for an audience of hundreds of guitarists, judges
and general public in a last day concert organised for the festival participants.
She also met many of her guitar inspirations, including Pepe
Romero, David Russell,
Pavel Steidl, Manuel
Barrueco, Sergio & Odair Assad.
In 2007, Alberta participated
in a masterclass with Timothy Kain,
Head of the ANU School of Music Canberra / Guitar. It was also an enlightened
experience when she met Classical Guitarist and Conductor Maestro
Carlo Barone on his visit to Australia.
Two busy years with regular
appearances at the celebrated Mosman
Music Club, the St James Wednesday Lunchtime
Concerts, the Rising
Stars concert for the Open Academy, Lunchbreak Concerts
at Sydney Conservatorium Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Uni Live, the Musicians' Own
Series 2008 Recital / Charmian Gadd and Friends, The Music on Sundays Series,
Martin Place pre-Anzac Day musical
In August 2008 and at the age of 13,
Alberta won the “Open Age” division of the
McDonald’s Sydney Eistdeddfod Classical Guitar competition.
This was rewarded
with a special guest invitation for a solo performance at the Sydney
Classical Guitar Society, Spanish
She was also invited to perform for
the Sydney Eisteddfod’s 75th Anniversary celebration at Aurora Place, an event
sponsored by Minter Ellison
Alberta successfully completed her Licentiate of Music in Sep 2009.
Not long after
she was invited for a solo performance at the City
Recital Hall, Angel Place for the Official Opening
of the Sydney Region School Year.
In August 2010,
Alberta participated in the Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Duos and won first
prize in the Open Age Division.
Not long after, she participated in masterclasses
at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Spanish Guitarist Ricardo Gallen and
Australian Classical Guitarist Karin Schaupp.
Shortly thereafter, Alberta travelled to Vienna, Austria for the Forum
Gitarre Wien 2010. She took part in both the 15th Internationaler Gitarrewettbewerb
and the 13th Internationaler Jugendwettbewerb.
Celebrating the weeklong festival,
she attended masterclasses with Marcin
Dylla, Michael Tröster, Johannes
Panetsos and Hubert Käppel.
Whilst in Vienna, Alberta was privileged to
meet Professor Chen Zhi, head of Classical Guitar at the Central
Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
In Sep 2011, Alberta participated in the 44th Concorso
Internazionale di Chitarra Classica Michelle Pittaluga in Alessandria, Italy.
During the competition,
she was invited to perform to a full house at the 16th Convegno Internazionale
di Chitarra at the Conservatorio
di Vivaldi Auditorium.
Being the youngest competitor,
she also received a special prize at the award ceremony.
Currently Alberta is continuing her Classical Guitar studies with Gregory Pikler
at the Sydney Conservatorium High School. Under his direction and tutelage, Alberta
focuses on shaping her music to the highest levels.