NCMA's Classical Guitar Festival 2021 Tutors

Our tutors come from across New Zealand to share their skills and expertise with students attending our Guitar Festival

Dominique Blatti

Dominique Blatti

Festival Director

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Miles Jackson Guitar

Miles Jackson

Festival Director

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Owen Moriarty

Festival Tutor

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Dominique Blatti

Born in Switzerland, Dominique started to learn the classical guitar at nine years of age, under the tutelage of Senorita De Cruz. Dominique entered the Geneva Conservatory in 1979, but was unable to complete her studies, having joined her parents on their migration to New Zealand. Dominique committed fully to the playing and the teaching of the classical guitar in 2000, gaining a Grade 8 with Distinction since. She also studied singing with Gabrielle Barr and gained Trinity's Certificate in Performance.

Dominique has been a member of the New Plymouth Classical Society since 2005 and has been the President since 2011. She is an associate of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of NZ and runs a busy and successful classical guitar studio. Dominique has been involved in a variety of projects all aimed at promoting the Classical Guitar. For many years she performed as a duo with Ross Townsend; inspired by El Sistema she initiated 'Guitarma', a course of study for students that would otherwise be unable to afford lessons or instruments. In 2010, she started a guitar orchestra (Con Tempo), which is still meeting weekly, with regular public performances: local competitions and festivals, resthomes, etc.

Dominique is the founder and Coordinator of the iconic biennial Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School. Planning started in 2010. She was thrilled when John Couch and Wendy Dimond accepted her invitation to join her as Artistic Director and Administrator, respectively. The TCGSS has recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary of Existence, holding its 5th event in January 2020. TCGSS has earned glowing tributes, nationally and internationally, amongst participants and artists. In 2018, she and good friend Miles Jackson started the planning of a new and innovative guitar festival: the inaugural “Nelson NCMA Flamenco and Classical Guitar Festival” was held in January 2019 and received great reviews. Dominique has a real passion for the instrument, and is dedicated to foster a classical guitar culture throughout New Zealand. Her formative years working for international companies as PA to CEOs and HR Managers equipped her well in delivering successful and well planned events.

Learn more about Dominique at: guitartaranaki.com

Miles Jackson

Miles has been very active in music education since the early ’70s, introducing and teaching Classical and Flamenco Guitar courses at:

  • The Kerikeri music schools
  • The Dunedin University music schools
  • Nelson School of Music winter music schools
  • The Nelson summer festival
  • Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (formerly Nelson School of Music)
  • The Southland Polytech
  • The Rotorua Music School
  • The University of Singapore
  • The Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School
  • Director of The Inaugural NCMA Classical Guitar and Flamenco Festival / Summer School 2019

In 1974 he was a founder and Vice President of the New Zealand Federation of Classical Guitar Societies and its President from 1979 -1984. During this time he has also been a founding member of the Classical Guitar Society of Auckland and founded the Guitar Societies of Dunedin and Nelson. He has been a Musical Director and organiser of four New Zealand Federation summer music schools. He has also organised concert tours and workshops for many outstanding guitarists from other countries.
He has given concerts in many countries and several periods of study in Spain have given him a comprehensive understanding of Flamenco music. He continues to have an active career teaching and performing in New Zealand and abroad.

Owen Moriarty

A sought after chamber musician and tutor, Moriarty is currently guitar Lecturer at the New Zealand School of Music. He regularly tours with Arts on Tour and Chamber Music New Zealand as a member of the New Zealand Guitar Quartet, Duo Tapas (violin and guitar) and the Linkwood Guitar Duo. He has given concerto performances with the National Capital Orchestra (Canberra), the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, the Devonport Chamber Orchestra and the Dunedin Symphony.

Owen has released seven albums—a self-titled debut (double) album, Da Chara and Incantation (Duo Tapas), The Storm (Ode Records) and The Passing of a Black Star (Rattle Records) (New Zealand Guitar Quartet). His sixth album, New Zealand Music for Two Guitars (Naxos), had him nominated as a finalist for the 2019 NZ Classical Artist of the Year.

He completed a MMus from Massey University (New Zealand) before continuing his studies at the University of Southern California (USA) with Jim Smith, Scott Tennant and Bill Kanengiser. During his time in the US he also studied with Brian Head, Martha Masters and Pepe Romero and participated in masterclasses with guitar luminaries Odair and Sergio Assad and GRAMMY®-winning guitarist David Russell.

A prizewinner in competitions including the Rotorua Concerto Competition, the Gisborne International Music Competition, the ASTA/Green Competition (California), the Bangkok International Guitar Competition, and the Ivor Mairants Guitar Competition (London), Moriarty has performed throughout New Zealand, and in Australia, the US, Portugal, Mexico, Thailand, Spain, China, and the United Kingdom.

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