Evan Hopkins is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s foremost classical guitarists of the next generation. As an international performer he has played throughout Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Spain and is a regular performer throughout Australia in concert and on live national radio. Evan has studied with many of the world’s leading concert guitarists and has played in masterclasses with David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Slava Grigoryan, Tim Kain, Pavel Steidl, Ricardo Gallén, Paul O’Dette, Hopkinson Smith, Carlo Marchione, Alvaro Pierri, Zoran Dukic, Lorenzo Micheli, Florian Larousse, Claudio Maccari, Fabio Zanon, Roberto Aussel, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Laura Young and Oman Kaminsky.
In 2016 Evan Hopkins was awarded the Mt Beauty Music Festival Clifford Hocking Scholarship. This scholarship was awarded to enable Evan to make the premiere recording of Nigel Westlake’s Sonata ‘Mosstrooper Peak’ for solo guitar.
An advocate of new Australian music, Evan has been working closely with author and composer, Jeremy Dickey, to record a CD of original compositions. This CD is to be released shortly.
Active throughout the Australian guitar community, in 2014 Evan co-founded the Melbourne Guitar Foundation with fellow guitarist and Masters student, Michael MacManus. The MGF was established in order to develop performance opportunities for local guitarists. In addition to presenting concerts by international and local guitarists, the MGF offers students masterclasses, scholarships and competition opportunities. Further details can be found at The Melbourne Guitar Foundation.
Evan holds a Masters in Classical Guitar Performance (University of Alicante, Spain) and a Bachelor of Music with Honours (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia). He is currently completing a Master of Music (Music Performance) at the University of Melbourne under the tutelage of Aria award winning guitarist, Tonié Field (Saffire, Melbourne Guitar Quartet).