Adelaide-born musician Jody Fisher first picked up the classical guitar at the age of seven and has since become recognised as one of Australia’s leading young guitarists. A student of Eduardo Fernandez and Oliver Fartach-Naini, she graduated from the Elder Conservatorium with double honours, first class, and a Masters degree, which was completed on full scholarship.

The music of this multi-award winning player has been heard in festivals and concerts throughout Australia and overseas. She has been a part of SA’s unique Guitarissimo, the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Sunday Spectrum, Elder Hall and the Elder Conservatorium’s Lunch Hour, Evening Concert and Emerging artist Spring Concert Series. As an undergraduate, Jody was the first guitarist in the history of Elder Conservatorium to perform as a soloist with the orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with the Melbourne Musicians, Heidelberg Orchestra and at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, where her uniquely lyrical playing was acclaimed for its  “clarity... full tone and [evincing] a clear understanding of the music”.  Jody has also performed with acclaimed Australian musicians including guitarist Dr. Jonathan Paget and pianist Benjamin Martin.

As well as performing in concert, Jody has provided entertainment pro-bono at major charity events such as the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life and Catherine House’s VIP Silent Auction. She has been broadcast on MBS and ABC (TV and radio), most recently performing for the 7:30 Report. Scholarships include the prestigious Dame Ruby Litchfield Award for Performing Arts, a Director’s Award from the Elder Conservatorium, multiple prizes from Recitals Australia, the Michael Robert Poag Scholarship for guitar (two-time recipient), Allan’s Music recital prize, Helpmann Academy Optus Mentorship and an individual scholarship from the Layne Beachley “Aim for the Stars” foundation.

© Helen McKerral