Currently based in Berlin, Jesse Flowers is an internationally acclaimed classical guitarist. His solo repertoire reaches back to the renaissance and stretches all the way to the present day, with premieres of new works. His interpretations of the music of the masters of the past, as well as that of outstanding contemporary composers has won him critical acclaim from audiences and critics alike across Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA.
He has been a prize winner at multi-instrumental competitions such as the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb and the Prinzessin Margaret von Hessen Wettbewerb in Germany, as well as at numerous international solo guitar competitions such as in Salzburg, Zagreb, London, Koblenz, Nürtingen, Alessandria and Darmstadt. Highlights from recent concert seasons were debut performances in China and the USA, as well as solo performances at prestigious venues and events throughout Europe such as the Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival and the Musikverein in Vienna.
Flowers is an avid chamber musician and regularly performs duo recitals with Julia Spies (mezzo-soprano), Ildiko Szabo (cello) and Anissa Baniahmad (flute). These recitals mainly consist of his own arrangements of a diverse range of composers, from Schubert to Debussy, from Bach to Piazzolla. In 2020, his debut CD Nachtstücke with Julia Spies was released under the label PASCHENrecords to critical acclaim.
As of April 2020, Flowers is Professor for guitar at the Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt in Germany, where he teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He also has given masterclasses at guitar festivals and universities throughout Europe.
Born in Sydney to an Australian-Singaporean father and German mother, Flowers completed his Bachelor of Music at the Australian National University under Minh Le Hoang and Timothy Kain. In 2014 he moved to Germany, where he first studied with Tilman Hoppstock in Darmstadt and then Thomas Müller-Pering in Berlin. The late composer Phillip Houghton was an important mentor throughout his studies.