As part of its centenary year, UWA has been inviting distinguished alumni to help celebrate. Not that WA-born-and-bred classical guitarist Craig Ogden, now based in the UK, needs any excuse to return home.
"As anyone who knows me will tell you, I love any opportunity to come back to Perth," he says after flying in from London.
Ogden is in Perth for a three-week residency at the university, part of which involves performing in a three-concert series presented by the UWA School of Music and sponsored by the Centre for the History of the Emotions and the Centenary Luminosity Project.
While the solo concert will give listeners a chance to hear Craig Ogden the composer with the world premiere of his composition Diurnal, commissioned by UWA, the duo and ensemble concerts will give him an opportunity to catch up with old friends.
"I'm delighted to be working again with my former guitar teacher John Casey and his fantastic guitar ensemble Guitarstrophe," Ogden says.
"He was a massive influence on me and his ensemble has really made an impact in the UK. It's also good to perform with (percussionist) Paul Tanner again." Currently principal lecturer in guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and visiting lecturer at London's Royal College of Music, Ogden is considered one of today's leading classical guitarists. He studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from 13. In 2004, he became the youngest instrumentalist to receive a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Ogden's recordings have received wide acclaim, with his Classic FM albums The Guitarist and Summertime shooting straight to No. 1 in the UK classical chart in summer 2010 and 2011 respectively.
He has performed concertos with all of the main UK orchestras, plus many abroad, in countries including Latvia, Russia, South Africa, Sweden and Australia. He regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at major London venues and collaborates regularly with many of the UK's top artists and ensembles.
Ogden attributes his success to the quality and variety of his early training in Perth.
"Apart from what John taught me in terms of musicianship, I also learnt percussion and had lessons with David Pye," he says.
"So I did lots of ensemble stuff here - learning to sight-read, transpose, follow a conductor, all those skills important for an all-round working musician. It was a completely unique, self-sustaining environment and I wouldn't have had quite the same experience anywhere else."I really have my Perth education to thank for making a performing career elsewhere in the world completely viable."