“It’s like being asked to represent your country at the olympics. I tip a good showing from the Aussies”

Shaun Trubiano


Principal Percussion – Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; Former Percussion – New World Symphony Orchestra; Guest – New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education:  Manhattan School of Music, USA


Shaun Trubiano joined the Opera Australia Orchestra as Principal Percussion in December 2011. Previously, he was a Fellow with the New World Symphony Orchestra, in Miami, performing under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. He attended Manhattan School of Music (MSM) where he completed both a bachelor and masters degree in Orchestral Performance (OP) as a named scholar of the Henry Nias Foundation. Whilst studying in the OP program, Shaun was under the distinguished tutelage of Metropolitan Opera Principal Timpani Duncan Patton and New York Philharmonic Principal Percussion Christopher Lamb. Further studies concluded in 2011 with a postgraduate certificate in Orchestral Percussion from MSM as the Berkman Rahm Scholar.

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Shaun has performed with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Huntsville Symphony, toured nationally with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and with Australian World Orchestra under Zubin Mehta in 2013. He has performed at the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

An emerging authority in percussion pedagogy, Shaun is a lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has taught at Australian National Academy of Music and Percussive Arts Society.

Last updated 2020