The Melbourne Guitar Lab 


When Lucas Michailidis put together an ensemble of 25 guitarists for a theatre performance, it gave him a new idea - a fellowship of guitarists driven by a shared obsession of music.  And the Melbourne Guitar Lab was born.


The Melbourne Guitar Lab aims to diversify the landscape of music education. It offers intensive programs by industry-successful players in face-to-face workshop environments. “It’s a more responsive model of education which can easily adapt to the needs of a group or the industry” says Michailidis.  


The Labs focus on improving skills, provoking genuine creativity and fostering a community of players. “Guitar is a hugely popular instrument, yet many skilled people (who are not professional or in formal education) don't find avenues to share their playing."



The career of Lucas Michailidis spans more than twenty five years. He is a past winner of the International Open Strings Competition in Germany and an ARIA award recipient for his work with Zulya and the Children of the Underground. Lucas has performed in Europe, South Korea, and the USA, and has released three solo recordings that have garnered worldwide acclaim. The latest Laughing at the Thief, is featured on premier US acoustic label - Candyrat and promotional videos accompanying the release have clocked over three hundred thousand views.  Lucas has been published by Mel Bay, and Guitarist Australia Magazine, and presently has two compositions featured in the VCE Contemporary Guitar Syllabus. He is a long term instructor at the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Polytechnic and has conducted workshops in Australia, the USA and South Korea. Lucas had the privilege of studying / attending master classes with extraordinary players and teachers including Ted Greene, Tuck Andress, Billy Childs, John Scofield, Pat Martino, Jim Hall, Pierre Bensusan, and Ed Gerhard. 






"Fabulous. The best workshop series I have ever attended. Lucas is an amazing communicator who is able to zone in on any difficulties you may be having and find a way to get the message across. I knew zip about modes, now I use them all the time and have come away with enough compositional tools to keep me exploring for years. Thanks Lucas!"


"Lucas uses his professional career as a performer, composer and recording artist, as well as his rich pedagogical background to instil in every student the thirst to never stop learning."