Known for his soulfully-melodious playing and passion for Afro-Samba, Dudi Shaul is a guitarist, composer, and teacher who has developed his own unique voice on the classical guitar. Originally influenced by the music of Spain and Brazil, Dudi takes his playing beyond borders and boundaries, to a place that feels like home.
Born in Israel with Iraqi and Polish ancestry, and migrating to Australia as a child, Dudi began his lifelong love for the guitar at the age of eleven, whilst in a dreamlike moment, he followed the distant source of captivating sounds to a room where his first teacher-to-be, Karin Braidwood was playing. Soon after, the instrument became a great inspiration in his life and in pursuit of furthering his musical career, Dudi moved to Melbourne where he graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, receiving first place scholarship in Foundation Music Performance and studying classical guitar with Tonié Field and Brazilian guitar with Doug DeVries. Dudi has always searched for his own honest and authentic musical language and has been deeply inspired by the rich and emotive guitar playing of Baden Powell de Aquinho, who pioneered the Afro-Samba genre. Dudi has performed in countries including Sweden, Slovenia, Germany, France, Croatia, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Morocco, Israel, New Zealand and Australia, and in festivals such as the Woodford Folk Festival (Aus), Festival Mediterranee (Israel), Guitar Festival, Tel Aviv (Israel) Andanças (Portugal), Bellingen Winter Music Festival (Aus), and Mullum Music Festival (Aus). Currently based in Tel Aviv, Dudi produces his original music project Saravá, is a session guitarist in Brazilian music groups, and frequently collaborates with award winning vocalist and Moroccan music sensation Lala Tamar.
As a teacher, Dudi is passionate about sharing his approach to the language of music and beyond. He has a thorough and dynamic experience in teaching and coordinating large groups and has over a decade of private teaching experience, both in school and Conservatorium systems. Dudi has led Ethno Australia for 6 years, a profound intercultural music residency, and for the past 7 years has facilitated the ‘Guitar Horizons’ Orchestra at Bellingen Camp Creative. Dudi is also an accredited Bodythought teacher, graduating from Galit Zeif’s school based on the principles of the Alexander Technique, and has extensively trained in Peter Grunwald’s Eyebody method for vision improvement.