Richard with APRA Award
Richard Charlton
The very latest!
News, new works, new CDs:

I have just won the Matt Withers' 2022 Australian Music Composition Competition. This will result in a new guitar duo for Matt and fellow guitarist Callum Henshaw to play, called "Hanging in the Balance". You can read more in Limelight - Here

Have a listen to the new guitar solo I wrote for Stephanie Jones - Beneath a River of Stars. It was only released last year but has already racked up close to 40K views. Thanks Stephanie! Watch it Here

During that "Covid" year, I worked on updating several very early guitar "fugues" and collected them into a set called - So You Want to Play a Fugue?. Just the thing for a guitarist in isolation! These are short studies in counterpoint mostly in the style of Bach. My good friend and colleague Peter Constant has recorded a few of them Here

Guitar Trek's most recent release is "Bluetongue". Check-out my latest quartet on it called, Five Tails in Cold Blood - NAXOS see Here.

Another exciting worldwide release, my Sonata of Forgotten Dreams - on Tim Kain's new solo CD "Forgotten Dreams" also on NAXOS. See Here for more info, previews and to order.

Also check-out Suite Latina, Oliver Fartach-Naini's new CD with suites for solo guitar by me, Maximo Diego Pujol and Hector Ayala. Click Here to order.

Another release, Bach in the Dark - Consonance CD has my Bach Constructs & other Bach inspired works. See my NEWS page. Or click Here to order.

My most recent chamber work Shorelines was commissioned by Matt Withers & the  Acacia Quartet. This piece for guitar & string quartet was premiered on the 18 August 2018 at the National Aboretum in Canberra with further performances in Sydney & at the Melbourne International Guitar Festival. Live performance Here CD Imaginations available Here

With the Sydney Guitar Trio - Raff and Janet.

"Richard Charlton is producing some of the most inspired and accessible guitar works of the present era" - an extract from a review in the UK magazine, Classical Guitar.  More...

Checkout my Podcast interview with Simon Powis:  Listen here

Watch some YouTube videos of my music:

TANGO IN THE RAIN - performed by my good friend and colleague Giuseppi Zangari.

SHORELINES - quintet for guitar & strings played by Matt Withers and Acacia Quartet

THE BLACK COCKATOO (flying alone) - played by Australian guitarist Stephanie Jones.

Also see her "lesson" on how to perform this work on the Tonebase website - Here

BLACK OPAL PRELUDE - listen to Anton Baranov, 2013 GFA winner from Russia.

CANTILENA - a tutorial on one of my pieces currently in AMEB Grade 3, then watch me play it - Here

BERCEUSE - check-out this very artistic version by Chinese guitarist Wu Di

PARTIAL ECLIPSE, performed by 100 young guitarists in the '2014 Who's Next' Festival in Schouwburg Almere, Netherlands. Conducted by Peter Constant

Go to my "LISTEN & PLAY" page for more sound files or go to my "ORDER" page to buy music . . .
Richard Charlton is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading guitarist/composers.

His works have been recorded and performed by many leading Australian and international players.

Richard's music combines a love of melody with a keen sense of harmonic and formal structure - music "to entice ear as well as the intellect"  More...

(Northern Herald).