Australian guitarist Paul Svoboda graduated with First Class Honours from the School of Music, University of Queesnland in 1989, receiving the University Medal for outsanding achievement as well as the prize for Most Outstanding Music Graduate for that year. In 1994 he received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Sibelius Academy of Muisc in Helsinki, Finland. During the 1990s Paul was Lecturer in Classical Guitar at the Kuopio Conservatorium of Music and Dance, Finland. In the early 2000s he lectured in music subjects at the School of Music, University of Queensland.
Also in 1994 a Finnish TV programme was produced about his composition, 'Finnish Suite', for flute & guitar, performed by his flautist-wife Outi and himself. In 1998, American flute/guitar duo Sandra Seefeld & Richard Goering recorded a CD completely devoted to his compositions for that combination. Paul has performed solo and chamber music concerts in Finland, Czech Republic, Thailand, Switzerland, China, Germany and Australia.
Paul is highly active as a teacher, performer and composer. His list of compositions is extensive, and it is one of his goals to extend the performing and teaching repertoire for the classical guitar (solo and ensemble) by composing appealing pieces with a "modern touch".
Paul's music features in the new AMEB syllabus for Classical Guitar, and is also currently broadcast on ABC Classic FM. He is based in Brisbane and is proud to have founded the successful classical guitar programmes at both Loreto and Villanova Colleges, and has directed four award-winning guitar ensembles at those schools. In recent years his advanced school groups have taken part in the West Australian International Classical Guitar Ensembles Festival, to great acclaim.
In 2007 Paul founded the Aurora Guitar Ensemble, which comprises his dedicated and passionate past and present classical guitar students. Aurora has gone from strength to strength during the past few years, and now performs regularly as a professional group. Aurora recorded their first CD, Every Second Tuesday, in 2011. The ensemble had the privilege to open the 2012 Brisbane Powerhouse concert for Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, who both commented "This is an amazing group - it's incredibly rare to hear guitar ensemble playing of such a high standard!" Karin Schaupp has said "The Aurora Guitar Ensemble is a Queensland musical treasure and indeed, it is one of Australia's leading guitar ensembles - a testimony to its founder Paul Svoboda."