He studied piano at the Sydney Conservatorium before taking up a scholarship to continue his studies in London with renowned accompanist Geoffrey Parsons. Guy lived and worked in the UK for 4 years from 1987-1991, during which time he studied conducting at the Dartington Summer School and worked with the BBC Singers, the BBC Chorus as accompanist. At the end of his time in England, he joined BBC Radio 3 as an announcer, including broadcasting from the BBC Proms at the Albert Hall.
Returning to Australia in 1992, Guy freelanced as a pianist and conductor, joining the music staff as a repetiteur for Opera Australia. In 1994 he became Associate Musical Director of the professional touring production of Hello Dolly! and has since then been Musical Director or Musical Supervisor of a number of major musical theatre productions in Australia (including Sunset Boulevard, starring Hugh Jackman, Melbourne 1996-1997, Man of La Mancha 2002, South Pacific 2003, Titanic 2006, Musical Supervisor of Phantom of the Opera (Australasian tour 2006-2009).
Guy works regularly with all the major orchestras in Australia in a wide mix of musical styles. Some highlights over the last years include tours with Harry Connick Jr, Ben Folds, Dianne Reeves, Clive James, and acting as Musical Director for Olivia Newton John and Friends at Sydney’s State Theatre 2008.
He has hosted and conducted many major outdoor performances of classical music with the Australian orchestras, including Sydney Symphony in the Domain (80,000 audience) Tasmanian Symphony Under the Stars (8,000) West Australian Symphony In The City (15,000), Opera at Jimbour (Queensland Music Festival) and Symphony in the City (Canberra Symphony Orchestra). He has also conducted the Auckland Philharmonic and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras.
He has conducted Opera in the Vineyards (6,000) with soloists Australian soprano Yvonne Kenny and Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill and has co-produced a number of top-selling concerts with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House – Showstoppers 2005 and 2007 (featuring Broadway music) and Songs From The Movies 2008. He most recently appeared with the SSO as conductor and compere for The Last Night of The Proms at the Sydney Opera House . He also appeared with The Beach Boys with the Melbourne , Queensland and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and the Pointer Sisters with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He conducted and hosted the Steinway Spectacular in QPAC , and will conduct further performances at the Melbourne Town Hall and Angel Place Recital Hall. This year he also returns to the piano to tour nationally with Yvonne Kenny and David Hobson in Singing for Love.
He has worked on many ABC radio programs – guest presenting Life Matters and The Music Show on Radio National, afternoons on 702 ABC Sydney and 936 ABC Hobart, and for a time he read the national ABC news bulletins. From 1999-2001 Guy was the popular host of the Breakfast program on ABC Classic FM – Australia’s national classical music radio network and still guest presents music programs on the network, including direct broadcasts, Drive, Breakfast, Your Requests, Just Classics , Saturday Afternoon and Mornings with Margaret Throsby. He has presented TV programs for ABC TV and Ovation cable arts channel and will become the new presenter of Symphony on Qantas Inflight Entertainment. He has been host for the past five years of the Queensland Symphony’s Music on Sunday series and has recorded 9 CDs with ABC Classics and Universal Australia.
Guy lives in Sydney and has two children who have a worrying interest in the entertainment industry!