Marian Budos
The Passing of a Black Star on a tour of New Zealand Posted: Jul 28, 2017


The New Zealand Guitar Quartet has just finished their tour of New Zealand. They performed The Passing of a Black Star (homage to David Bowie) over 20 times at each of their concert.

Thank you so much, guys!

ABC Classic FM broadcast Thursday 2 March 2017 after 9 pm Posted: Feb 28, 2017


The Australian national broadcaster, ABC Classic FM is playing The Magic Lute (A Minstrel's Tale) for classical guitar recorded by John Couch this Thursday 2 March 207 sometimes after 9 pm.

http://www.abc.net.au/classic/music-listings/?date=2017-03-02

John and I have been really pleased with ABC's programming - Thank you ABC! - as they have played this and another piece of mine (Linn Linnaeus) from John's latest disc Ask Me Tomorrow at least a dozen time since December 2015.

Thank you John for choosing two of my pieces for your disc. The whole CD is fantastic, filled with music by leading Australian/NZ composers. John sells the CD on his web site:

http://www.johncouch.net

The Passing of the Black Star Posted: Feb 28, 2017


My latest work for four guitars The Passing of a Black Star, a tribute to David Bowie, has been recorded in New Zealand by the NZ Guitar Quartet to be released in June/July, after a successful premiere in NZ and a consequent tour of China by the quartet. They have done a great job - thank you! They will play it on their tour of NZ in June this year.

This is one of my favourite pieces of music I have written in the last few years. I have used motifs, harmonies and ideas from David Bowie's last disc Blackstar, especially the song Blackstar, Lazarus and I can't give everything away.

New composition - 'One Last Time' Posted: Aug 2, 2016


I have just finished writing a new composition 'One Last Time' to be premiered by guitarist Jan Labant in October at the Cithara Aediculae festival, Nitra, Slovakia.

Jan has played many of my composition and I consider him to be one of the greatest guitar players in the world. His technical prowess and lyrical interpretations of music are excuisite and unique. He is a great teacher too. He taught me most of what I know about guitar playing today.

He is also the classical guitar player featured in many of the recordings on this web site.

Thank you, Jan!



Continuous nation-wide broadcast on ABC Classic FM Posted: Aug 2, 2016


Linn Linnaeus for violin and guitar played by Judith Hickel and John Couch has been now played repeatedly on ABC Classic FM since November 2015. Thank you ABC for this wonderful promotion!

Broadcast on Classical Guitar Alive, 10 February 2026 Posted: Apr 11, 2016


Tony Morris, host of Classical Guitar Alive! in Austin, Texas, broadcasted interview with Marian and his concerto for two guitars and string orchestra Heart On A Sleeve in February. You can here the whole broadcast here:

http://www.guitaralive.org/playlist_16_06.html

It also features a fantastic composition by Dana Wilson for flute, cello and guitar and amazing virtuosic playing by Belgian guitarist Jerome Mouffe. It's a real treat!

New Guitar Quartet Posted: Apr 3, 2016


At the beginning of this year, Marian formed a new guitar quartet with outstanding musicians Leslie Spencer, Mark Norton and Allan Spencer. They are currently rehearsing a new repertoire to be brought to audiences later this year. Much of the repertoire are original compositions.

The quartet's first appearance will be in Sydney at the Annual Sydney Guitar Society Concert on May 28th 2016. For further details, please check http://www.classicalguitarsydney.org


National Broadcast in February and March 2016 Posted: Feb 20, 2016


The Australian National Broadcaster ABC Classic FM played 'Trip to Lapland' (violin-Judith Hickel, guitar-John Couch) in February and again a few days ago on their "Afternoon Drive" programme.

World premiere of LIGHT at the Australian Institute of Sport Arena Posted: Aug 20, 2015


On Friday 28 August 2015, the AIS Arena in Canberra is hosting the Step Into the Limelight annual arts show. These year's theme is Light. ADHS is presenting a work created by Jeannette de Smet, Emily Appleton and Marian Budos with original dance choreography, costumes and music. 'Dawn till Dusk' is an audio-visual spectacle that follows the daily 'journey' of 'light', through emotionally charged dance, music and visual imagery. Ticket through Ticketek.

New commission from NZGQ Posted: Jul 7, 2015


I have just received an exciting new commission from the amazing New Zealand Guitar Quartet to write a piece based on Maori legends and myths, to be included in their 2016 concert tour schedule.

Canberra Classical Guitar Society concert Posted: Dec 9, 2014


The Canberra Classical Guitar Society is holding its annual concert on Sunday 14 December 2014 at Wesley Centre, Forrest, Canberra at 3 pm.

The guitar ensemble will play music by Australian composers, including Sam Smith's "Near Dark", Leonard Weiss' "Six String Suite" and Marian Budos' "Canon For Eight". On programme is lots more classical guitar music by local talent.

more info:

http://classicalguitarcanberra.org.au

Australian National Busking Championship Posted: Nov 6, 2014


Last Saturday was a day of fantastic busking in Cooma, NSW. It was a great privilege to be one of the five judges.

Here is more info on the winners and the whole day with photos:

http://www.coomaexpress.com.au/story/2669800/streets-of-cooma-come-alive-photos/#slide=8

Thank you, Allan Spencer, for organising the championship!



Australian National Busking Championship Posted: Oct 17, 2014


On Sat 31 October 2014, Marian will be judging for the third time in a row the Australian National Busking Championship in Cooma, NSW

Many performers from around the country will be showing their talent and compete for the title. This whole day event is going to be recorded by ABC TV/Radio for a documentary.

http://coomamusic.com.au/australian-national-busking-championships

Cooma Music Competition Posted: Aug 19, 2014


On Sunday, I had the privilege of adjudicating the 2014 Cooma Music Competition. This year, I was once again amazed by the talent of the young people of this beautiful Snowy Mountain region of Australia. I am not surprised that so many great musicians have come from this region. This is greatly thanks to the tireless and dedicated work of two wonderful people - Allan and Leslie Spencer, who have run the Cooma School of Music and the music shop in Cooma for decades now. I am very proud to call them my friends.

For more details, please follow the link below:

http://coomamusic.com.au/win/a-huge-sucesss-for-coomamusic-competition-the-results


Upcoming events Posted: Aug 11, 2014


Saturday 27 September 2014 - Latino cultural evening supported by the Cuban Embassy - Marian playing with the Canberra Classical Guitar Society Orchestra, Curtin Church, ACT

Thursday 25th September 2014 - The launch of the 2014 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize Exhibition, National Archives of Australia, Parkes, Canberra, ACT 6.00 - 7.30pm - Marian is providing live guitar music

Monday 15th September 2014 Canberra Boys Grammar - HSC performance in a guitar quartet with James Mountain, John Couch and David Cribb, playing Six Fish by Nigel Westlake

Sat 16th August 2014 at Maitland Town Hall, NSW

and

Sunday 7th Sept 2014 at the Central Coast Conservatorium Concert, Australia:

Home from Two Worlds

arranged for flute and guitar performed for the first time in this combination by Sally Walker (flute) and Giuseppe Zangari (guitar)

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Sunday 17th August 2014 - Cooma Music Competition, Cooma, NSW, Australia - Marian adjudicating

Also, check the Australian Music Centre web site for further details of past and future events:

http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/search?type=event&ef[parties]=Marian+Budos&sort=startDate+desc

Recent and upcoming performances of Marian's music Posted: Apr 28, 2014




Please follow the link below for the most recent performances of Marian's music:


http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/search?type=event&ef[parties]=Marian+Budos&sort=startDate+desc

Latest recording - My Canberra (Symphony No.2) now on Broadjam Posted: Jan 28, 2014


A recording of the world premiere concert is now available for streaming in the SONGS section of this web site.

Recorded by Kimmo Vennonen ( www.kvp.net.au) on 30th November 2014, Llewelyn Hall, ANU.

Enjoy and please feel to write any comments.



Successful premiere of My Canberra (Symphony No 2) Posted: Jan 14, 2014


On Saturday 30 November 2013, Marian's latest symphonic work My Canberra (Symphony No 2) was premiered at the Llewellyn Hall, School of Music, Australian National University. Several Australian news papers wrote articles/reviews. They are published on the following web pages of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, The Canberra Chronicle, as well Canberra Critics Circle blog:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/fall-in-love-with-the-city-all-over-again-20131128-2ye3m.html

http://ccc-canberracriticscircle.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/centenary-dreaming.html

http://canberra.realviewtechnologies.com/default.aspx?iid=84676&startpage=page0000021

The recording should be available on this web page under Songs in late January 2014. kv productions and Marian are in final stages of editing/mixing.

Marian's thankyou goes to everyone involved in this very special project to celebrate the 100 years of the Australian capital.

News Posted: October 4 2013


■ 30 Novembet 2013, 7.30 pm, Australian National University, Llewellyn Hall, 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

'My Canberra' ( Symphony No. 2) by Marian Budos - world premiere

performed by the Canberra Youth Orchestra, conducted by Rowan Harvey-Martin


For further information and tickets, visit:

http://www.canberrayouthmusic.asn.au