William Barton Portrait

William Barton


William Barton is widely recognized as one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers, and is a powerful advocate for the wider perception of his cultural traditions. Born in Mount Isa, William was taught to play the didgeridoo by his Uncle, an elder of the Waanyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga tribes of north western Queensland, and by the age of 12 was in Sydney, playing for Aboriginal dance troupes. Touring internationally since he was 15, William played his first classical concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra when he was 17. Since then William has appeared at music festivals and concert halls around the world and in Australia, worked with many composers, has recorded a number of orchestral works, and won an ARIA award for Best Classical Album in 2012.

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