Biography

Bruce enthrals his audiences with not just a phenomenal level of technical brilliance, but perhaps even more importantly, with an apparent instinctive ability to absorb and understand, then master and consummately delivers all of the musical styles that inspire him.  He is the chameleon of guitar and, a natural performer.

“Displays technical brilliance and mastery of genres with an admirable absence of ostentation. Mathiske is the finest all-round guitarist this country has produced”

– Tony Hillier, The Australian

Bruce’s performances and workshops demonstrate the diversity of his chosen instrument.  His use of the guitar to become has led to standing ovations and sell-out concerts all over the world.

“The notes explode from both hands leaving you to wonder if there is another Mathiske in the wings. By the time he had added the didgeridoo and wowed us with outrageous harmonics from far flung corners of his guitar, we were all his.” The Scotsman Edinburgh Festival

His live shows are a renowned experience, one that he continues to bring to major concert and festival stages world-wide including the Edinburgh Festival, Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Nashville Guitar Festival, France’s International Guitar Festival, the London Music Festival, and in his homeland at the Sydney Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival and the Woodford, Port Fairy and National Folk Festivals plus many more. Bruce is among the few Australian musicians to have been invited to perform and host workshops and a concert at America’s prestigious Yale University. He has overcome many obstacles from left sided paralyses after being shot in the head to breaking a finger a few days prior to a major tour to go on and be acclaimed as “A master guitarist, the best in Australia!” by The Sydney Morning Herald.