Oliver Fartach-Naini

Dr Oliver Fartach-Naini

Assoc. Director Postgrad. Coursework Programs

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Oliver Fartach-Naini is a classical guitarist, international collaborator, editor and educator from Germany.

Building on his comprehensive studies in musicology, pedagogy and music performance Oliver Fartach-Naini’s research interests have led to collaborative projects ranging from Persian art music to Franz Schubert, culminating in concert performances across Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA.

His doctoral study titled Ethnoclassicism in Guitar Chamber Music is a reflection of his stylistically very diverse portfolio of projects. Further research outputs include well over one hundred world premiere performances of works, which composers such as Carlo Domeniconi (Italy), Richard Charlton (Australia), Ludger Vollmer (Germany), Geonyong Lee (South Korea), Jaime Zenamon (Brazil) and Máximo Diego Pujol (Argentina) have written for him and his ensembles. To date Oliver Fartach-Naini has released eleven commercial CDs for Deutsche Grammophon, Kreuzberg Records, Acoustic Music Records, Credia Classics and Ethnoclassics.

For the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Oliver Fartach-Naini published 7 graded repertoire books and curated a 1000 work repertoire list in 2011. In Australia this is today’s most commonly used guitar pedagogy resource. As a tertiary lecturer and postgraduate supervisor Oliver Fartach-Naini is passionate about student centred learning within a framework that ensures up-to-date industry competence and proficiency.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Associate Director Postgraduate Coursework Programs University of Adelaide
    2020 - ongoing Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2019 Scholarly Teaching Fellow University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music
    2016 - 2017 Head of Classical Guitar Studies University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music
    2005 - 2016 Adjunct Lecturer University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award TOP TEN CLASSICAL GUITAR ALBUM OF 2019 Classical Guitar United States
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English
    French
    German
    Swedish
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2018 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    1997 Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig Germany MA Music Performance (Diplom-Orchestermusiker)
    1995 Universität der Künste Berlin Germany BA (Hons), Music Performance & Pedagogy (Diplom-Musikerziehung)
    1986 - 1988 Freie Universität Berlin Germany Musicology and Scandinavian Literature
  • Research Interests

  • Classical Performance 1A & 1B
  • Classical Performance 2A & 2B
  • Classical Performance 3A & 3B
  • Music Professional Development 1A & 1B
  • Music Professional Development 2A & 2B
  • Music Professional Development 3A & 3B
  • Honours Music Minor Project
  • Honours Music Major Project
  • Foundations of Music Education 1A & 1B
  • Music Education in Theory and Practice 2A & 2B
  • Music Education in Theory and Practice 3
  • Music Education Performance Studies 2
  • Music Education Performance Studies 3
  • Pedagogy Research Seminar IV
  • Pedagogy Research Seminar V
  • Musicianship 1B
  • Musicianship 2B
  • Pedagogy Practicum IV
  • Pedagogy Practicum V
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Co-Supervisor The Guiot Legacy: Flute Pedagogy in the Roman years Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Anna Louise Henwood
    2021 Principal Supervisor Scordatura on the Classical Guitar: Implications on Practice for Performance. Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Megan Anne Robson
    2020 Co-Supervisor Pas de Deux with Seven Strings: re-imagining the seven-string guitar in contemporary duo formats. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Michael Llewelyn David Bevan
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2022 Principal Supervisor The Idiophonic Guitar: A Taxonomy and Performance Guide to Percussive Effects in the Classical Guitar’s Solo Repertoire. A Portfolio of Recordings and Exegesis Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Emanuel Auciello
    2018 - 2021 Principal Supervisor The Guitarist-Composer Pedagogue: An Exploration of Technical and Artistic Relationships Between Didactic and Concert Works. A portfolio of two 60-minute recitals and exegesis. Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Caleb Edward Lavery-Brook
    2018 - 2021 Principal Supervisor The Application and Performance of Extended Techniques and Descriptive Score Annotations on Classical Guitar from 1970-2012: A Portfolio of Recorded Performances and Exegesis Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Alexandra Lauren Shepherd
    2009 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Techniques for Expressive Nuance in Classical Guitar Performance: Portfolio of Recordings and Exegesis Master of Music Master Full Time Ms Jody Claire Fisher
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2020 - ongoing Advisory Board Member AMEB SA & NT Advisory Board AMEB Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2018 - ongoing Member Guitar Foundation of America United States
    2014 - ongoing Member Adelaide Eisteddfod Society Council Australia
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2009 - 2011 Australian Music Examinations Board Classical Guitar Repertoire Consultant Cultural or historical Australia
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2022 - 2022 Keynote Lecture: Motivated Education MTASA Summer Conference 2022 Music Teachers Association of South Australia Australia
    2019 - 2019 What defines difficulty? Stockholm University College of Music Education SMI Sweden
    2018 - 2018 The Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Stockholm University College of Music Education SMI Sweden
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2008 - ongoing Examiner Advice Australian Music Examinations Board Australia
  • Position: Assoc. Director Postgrad. Coursework Programs
  • Phone: 83139246
  • Email: oliver.fartach-naini@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Schulz, floor 8
  • Org Unit: Elder Conservatorium of Music

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