Ethnomusicologist and classical guitarist Kim Rockell completed his PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of Canterbury in 2012. Currently based in Hokkaido, Japan, his research interests include Hispanic influences in the music of the Asia-Pacific, and the music of the Philippines, Japan and Taiwan. Kim has taught classical guitar at both the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Queensland, Australia and at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. In 2011, he was the recipient of an Asia New Zealand Foundation research grant which enabled him to visit Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines. In the same year he was also a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, Oxford University.