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

Shaun Trubiano


Principal Percussion – Opera Australia Orchestra; Percussion Faculty – Sydney Conservatorium of Music; 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 2011. Previously a Fellow with the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, he performed with 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 worked in North America, toured Europe and Australia. He has performed with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Synergy Percussion, Orchestra Victoria, Huntsville Symphony, toured nationally with New Zealand Symphony and with Australian World Orchestra under Zubin Meta in 2013. He has performed at Concertgebouw Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

Shaun teaches as part of the percussion faculty at Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has presented lectures and Master Classes for Manhattan School of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, ANAM and Griffith University.

Last updated 2022