Canberra-born classical guitarist Callum Henshaw is considered one of Australia's leading young players. Cal is the newest member of the long-standing Australian guitar quartet, Guitar Trek. He has had success in a number of major national and international competitions, including First Prize Winner at the 2012 Cordoba International Guitar Competition, the 2014 Tirana International Guitar Competition, and the 2015 Friends of the ANU School of Music Chamber Music Competition (with Andrew Blanch); Best Performance of an Australian Work at the 2013 Melbourne Guitar Competition; and Third Prize at the 2014 Adelaide International Guitar Competition. He also won the First Prize and the People's Choice Prize at the 2016 open instrumental Whitworth Roach Classical Music Competition. Most recently, Cal placed first in the 2017 Melbourne International Concert Artist Guitar Competition, securing a 10 concert tour in 2018.
Cal began the guitar at the age of six, studying with a number of Canberra's leading teachers, including Minh Le Hoang, and completed his honours degree with First Class Honours at the ANU's School of Music under world-renowned guitar performer and teacher, Timothy Kain. He is currently completing his doctorate in music at the ANU.
In 2012, Cal released his first commercial recording and in 2016 released the critically acclaimed, Echo & Return, which includes the world premiere recording, 'Bleed-through', by Australian composer, Samuel Smith.
In both Europe and Australia, Cal has taken part in master classes with many of the world’s great guitarists, including Pavel Steidl, Hubert Käppel, Sergio Assad, Judicaël Perroy, Aniello Desiderio, and Ricardo Gallén.
Cal performs on a Greg Smallman & Sons classical guitar and is proudly sponsored by Knobloch Strings.
2008: 1st Prize - National Eisteddfod Open Classical Guitar
2012: 1st Prize - Cordoba International Guitar Competition
2013: 1st Prize - Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Duo Competition with Campbell Diamond
2013: Best performance of an Australian Work - Melbourne Guitar Competition
2014: 1st Prize - Tirana International Guitar Competition
2014: 3rd Prize - Adelaide International Guitar Competition
2015: 1st Prize - Friends of the School of Music Chamber Music Prize with Andrew Blanch
2016: 1st Prize - Whitworth-Roach Classical Music Competition
2016: People's Choice Prize - Whitworth-Roach Classical Music Competition
2017: 1st Prize - Melbourne International Concert Artist Guitar Competition
2018: 1st Prize - Whitworth Roach Classical Music Competition