Phillip Houghton

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Phillip Houghton (26 April 1954 – 1 October 2017) was an Australian classical guitarist and composer. Born in Melbourne, he began studying music at the age of 20 at Melba Conservatorium of Music. After a year, he then began studying privately with well-known classical pianist and guitarist Sebastian Jorgenson at the Montsalvat Artists Colony in Eltham, Victoria.[1]

Although Houghton had little compositional training, his music has achieved critical acclaim. In particular, two movements of his piece Stélé were recorded by John Williams in his 1998 album The Guitarist.[2][dead link] Karin Schaupp made the first complete recording.

Houghton lived for many years in Sydney, and died, unexpectedly, within months of his returning to live in Melbourne in 2017. A posthumous personal reflection on Houghton has been written by Aleksandr Tsiboulski[3]. A fortnight after his death, Michael MacManus played at the Monsalvat Artists Colony a selection of Houghton's works studied with the composer since his return to Melbourne in a fitting and poignant tribute to Houghton's life and music.[4][dead link]