Auckland musician Bruce Paine is one of New Zealand’s foremost classical guitarists. He is an alumni of the University of Auckland School of Music, graduating with honours in 1995. Bruce is an auditioned Concert FM recording artist and was a semi-finalist in the 1995 Shell Darwin International Guitar Festival Competition. Highlights of his career include a 1998 stage appearance in Prague with the world famous Czech guitar virtuoso Stepan Rak, and a concerto performance in 2001 with the St Matthews Chamber Orchestra in Auckland.
Bruce is a well established, award winning composer of works for classical guitar and has produced over 40 works to date. Drawn to his New Zealand environment for inspiration, he finds ways to create deeply satisfying, original compositions with his own unique musical signature. Bruce has written works for guitarists Barkin Sertkaya (Auckland), Gunter Herbig (Wellington), John Couch (Canberra), members of the New Zealand Guitar Quartet and Duo Tapas (Wellington.) He has also received commissions from guitar groups Trio Resonance (North Texas), Guitar Otautahi (Christchurch) and Con Tempo (Taranaki).