Born and raised in Bondi, Sydney, Australian guitarist and composer, Tony Barnard, currently lives in the U.K.
Tony made his first recording at age 16 with Don Burrows, John Sangster, and Bob Barnard. SInce then he has appeared at all of Australia's jazz festivals. He has upwards of 40 albums to his name and has played with a wide range of artists all over the world.
Tony regularly performs at Ronnie Scott's and other top London venues.
Tony has performed for HRH Prince Charles, HRH Queen of Denmark, HRH Prince Turki al Faisal, Sultan of Brunei ,Australian Prime Ministers Hawke, Keating, Fraser and Howard, President Giskard of France , Sir David Attenborough, Sir Richard Harris, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir David Frost, Sean Connery, Sophia Loren, Sir Richard Attenborough, Sir Ian McKellan, Sting, Ozzy Osbourne, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Daniel Craig, Paul Hogan, Keith Emerson, Paul Newman, Sam Neil, Nicole Kidman ,Hugh Grant, Kathy Bates, Liz Hurley, Barbra Windsor, Bryan Brown, Chick Corea , Elle MacPherson , Sir Cliff Richard, Andrea Bocelli, Jeff Beck, Miranda Richardson, Shirley Jones, Bert Weedon, The Cast of Eastenders, Rolf Harris,J odie Kidd, Lulu, Bryan Ferry, Sir Tim Rice and Matt “Guitar” Murphy amongs tothers.
Tony has played with a wide range of artists including The Australian Chamber Orchestra, The BBC Concert Orchestra, The Ronnie Scott’s jazz orchestra, Barney Kessel, Earl Hines, Nat Adderley, Nancy Wilson, Dave Liebman, Keely Smith, Howard Alden, Barry Humphries , Dan Barrett, Cliff Richard, Rufus Reid, Jim Mullen, Curtis Stigers,Don Burrows, Billy Field, Louis Stewart, Georgie Fame, Kevin Spacey, Steve Winwood, The Inkspots, Ronnie Corbett, Clare Teal, Jacqui Dankworth, Claire Martin, Peter Grant, Marti Pellow, Tony Hadley, John Colianni, and Monica Mancini, amongst others, and was a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra for some eight years. He has also composed for and appeared in television and stage shows.