Contra Guitar Duo is an emerging classical guitar duo from Brisbane Australia, based in Darmstadt, Germany, consisting of Hamish Strathdee and Emma-Shay Gallenti-Guilfoyle, both recognised soloists in their own right.
Having played together since 2011, their contrasting approaches to music-making and different strengths complement each other and bring a dynamic spin to the fantastic musical combination of two guitars. United by their goal to bring audiences programs they love, Hamish and Emma-Shay are excited to showcase the variety and expressive capabilities of the guitar duo as an ensemble.
The duo was most recently invited to perform at the Darmstädter Gitarrentage in December 2018 and presented a number of Australian works. The duo has been fortunate to be recognised and lauded by organisations such as, the PPCA Performers Trust Foundation and ANU School of Music.
Both Hamish and Emma-Shay are currently pursuing Artistic Studies Diplomas, in Darmstadt under Dr. Tilman Hoppstock and Prof. Olaf Van Gonnissen respectively, and hold First Class Honours Degrees from the Australian National University, where they studied under Timothy Kain and Minh Le Hoang. The Contra Guitar Duo is currently working towards their debut CD recording.