Paul Dean

Australian Hometown: Brisbane
Education: Queensland Conservatorium

Brisbane born and bred clarinetist Paul Dean is regarded as one of Australia’s foremost musicians in his multiple capacities as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, composer and artistic director.

He currently holds the position of Head of Winds at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Paul was the Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) from 2010 – 2015. He is a founding member of the Endeavour Trio and is Co-Artistic Director of Ensemble Q with cellist Trish O’Brien.

Paul was the Artistic Director of the Four Winds Festival and the Tutti Beijing International Youth Music Festival and was also the founder of the Southern Cross Soloists, the Bangalow Music Festival, the Coramba Chamber Music Festival and the Sunwater and Stanwell Winter Music School. 

Between 1987 and 2000 he was Principal Clarinet with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra on over 40 occasions.

Paul has performed as soloist with the Queensland, Melbourne, West Australian, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia NZ, Trondheim Symfoniker (Norway). He has been guest artist with the Navarra Quartet, the Doric Quartet, the Heath Quartet, the Australian String Quartet, the Goldner String Quartet, the Grainger Quartet, the Flinders Quartet, and the Tin Alley Quartet. He has performed as soloist at many Festivals throughout world including the Oxford May Music Festival, the Huntington Music Festival, Alpine Classic Switzerland, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, Coramba Chamber Music Festival, Camden Haven Music Festival, and the Melbourne, Christchurch, Brisbane, Queensland, Perth, and Sydney Festivals.

Paul’s recording of the Mozart and Brahms clarinet works for the Melba label, and the clarinet music of English composer Benjamin Frankel for German label CPO have won high praise from critics around the world.

Paul has composed music for the violinists Jack Liebeck and Anthony Marwood, cellists Torleif Thedeen, Trish O’Brien and Patrick Murphy, tenor Andrew Goodwin and pianist Daniel De Borah, harpist Marshall McGuire, the Brodsky and Flinders Quartets, Katie Noonan, the Melbourne Piano Trio, the Seraphim Trio, the Endeavour Trio and the Australian Flute Festival. Paul premiered an opera commissioned by the Queensland Conservatorium Opera School, with the Orchestral Fragments being performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in August 2017. 

Paul was appointed Composer in Residence for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 season. His clarinet concerto was premiered by the MSO with the composer as soloist and Michael Collins conducting. His violin concerto, “A Brief History” was dedicated to Stephen Hawking and was premiered in the MSO’s “Symphonic Universe” performances with presenter Brian Cox and violinist Jack Liebeck. 

Future major commissions include a concerto for French Horn, for Andrew Bain (principal horn, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival (Colorado) and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Paul is an endorsed D’Addario Artist and plays D’Addario Reserve Evolution Bb Clarinet reeds and mouthpieces.

Last updated 2021

Nick Deutsch

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Victorian College for the Arts

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
As a Principal Oboe he has worked with many leading orchestras, including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Munich Philharmonic, Radio Orchestras of Cologne (WDR), Stuttgart (SWR), Frankfurt (HR), Berlin (RSB & DSO), and Opera Houses of Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Cologne and Oslo under conductors such as Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Gustavo Dudamel, Semyon Bychkov, Ivan Fischer, Daniel Harding,  and many more. He also works regularly with various ensembles such as the Ensemble Modern, Capella Andrea Barca (Andras Schiff Ensemble) Chamber Orchestras of Munich, Stuttgart & Heilbronn, Camerata Salzburg, Klangverwaltung München, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgart Bach Collegium.

Nick was a member of the Budapest Festival Orchestra from 2002-2011 and performs regularly with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Nick has also played as Principal Oboist with the Bayreuth Festspiel Orchestra.

As a soloist he has worked with numerous orchestras, including the Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Munich Bach Orchestra, Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra (Tbilisi), Frankfurt Oper and Museums Orchestra, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Mexican National Orchestra etc. An active chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Hindemith Quintet and works intensively with the Linos Ensemble.

Nick has performed in many major music festivals in over 40 countries on all five continents including the Salzburger Festspiel, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms, La folle Journe (Nantes), Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Reihngau Musik Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Hambacher Musikfest, Bachwoche Ansbach,  „Festspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern“, „Schwetzinger Festspiel“, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Hitzacker Musiktage, Weilburger Schlosskonzerte, Musikfest Stuttgart, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Münchner Biennale, Walled City Festival (Derry), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Tongyoeng International Music Festival (Korea), Meli Mehta Music Foundation(Mumbai), Tbilisi Wind Festival, Musica Compostela (Spanien), Felicia Blumenthal International Music Festival (Tel Aviv), Sydney Festival.

As a Pedagogue, Nick has been guest Professor at numerous Music academies around the world including the Conservatoire National Superier du Musique (Paris), Royal College of Music (London), Royal Academy of Music (London), Gnessin School of Music (Moscow), Hong Kong Academy of Music, Bern Academy of Music, Buchman Mehta School of Music (Tel Aviv) etc. and regularly gives masterclasses all over the world.

 He currently holds the position of Artistic Director at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) as well as Professor of Oboe at the Hochschule für Musik – Felix Mendelsohnn Bartholdy in Leipzig.

Nick is a Marigaux artist and plays a Marigaux M2 oboe.

Last updated 2018

Daniel Dodds

Australian Hometown: Adelaide
Education: Conservatorium of Music, Lucerne, Conservatorium of Utrecht

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Born in Australia, Daniel Dodds performed his first concerts at the age of five. At 14 years of age he lived with his family for a year in Linz, Austria, where he visited the music gymnasium. The positive musical experiences and atmosphere experienced during this year confirmed music making as his vocation. At the age of 17 he left Australia, furnished with scholarships for Switzerland to commence his violin studies with Gunars Larsens at the Conservatorium of Music in Lucerne and with Keiko Wataya at the Conservatorium of Utrecht. Attaining all diplomas “with distinction” he received further inspiration in masterclasses with Rudolf Baumgartner, Franco Gulli and one of the grand masters of the golden age of violinists, Nathan Milstein.

“What Daniel Dodds achieved from the first desk in the Dvorák was simply splendid and lent the piece exemplary melodic intensity, sensuous timbre and vigour.” Neue Luzerner Zeitung

A winner and prize winner of several national and international competitions in his years as a student, Daniel was invited by Rudolf Baumgartner to become a member of the Festival Strings Lucerne, later becoming its first concertmaster in 2001 and in 2012 he was appointed the artistic director of the renowned chamber orchestra, leading it in concerts around the globe.

Like Gunars Larsens, his former teacher and predecessor as leader of the Lucerne Festival Strings, Daniel also teaches a violin class at the Lucerne College of Music.

“Violinist Daniel Dodds enthralled both audience and colleagues.  He accomplished this with the solo part of Edouard Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole”, a truly brilliant feat…when a virtuoso soloist brings this inspired acoustical picture with so much hearty and fiery passion, seductively romantic, and with a self-evident enthusiasm for technically demanding artistry and indulgent sound tapestry, the heart of the audience melts.” Giessener Anzeiger

In addition to his regular engagements as guest leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra, he is a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and forms part of the ensemble of soloists in the star-studded orchestra.

“The performance of the ‘Festival Strings Lucerne’ under Daniel Dodds evinced high string culture, sensitive and subtle interpretation and homogeneous sound. Musical aesthetics at their best.” Schwarzwälder Bote

Daniel’s appearances as a soloist include: Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen, Philharmonic Orchestra Giessen, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Thüringer Symphony Zagreb Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Australian World Orchestra with Zubin Mehta and Sir Simon Rattle. He has performed as a soloist in South America, North America, Europe, Switzerland, Australia and Asia.

Daniel has performed an extensive range of chamber music works, from duo to nonett, from works of the early baroque period to world premieres of works by contemporary composers as well as crossover projects with jazz, tango, and far eastern music. His chamber music partners include Dimitri and Vovka Ashkenazy, Ramin Bahrami, Kolya Blacher, Wolfram Christ, Vivane Hagner, Daniel Hope, James Galway, Ivan Klansky, Tobias Lea, Jens Peter Mainz, Alois Posch, Rafael Rosenfeld, Kathy Selby, Julian Smiles, Herbert Schuch, Martin Stadtfeld, Danuscha Waskiewicz and See Siang Wong.

“The five movements appeared to light up from within of their own accord. Baroque rationality and Romantic emotionalism happily complemented each other: the ‘Strings’ proved to be nimble and adaptable.” Frankfurter Neue Presse

His solo album “Time Transcending” released by Oehms Classics has received high praise from fonoforum magazines in the United States, Europe, Switzerland and Japan.

Daniel Dodds plays the Stradivari “ex Baumgartner” from 1717 provided by the foundation of the Festival Strings Lucerne.

Last updated 2020

Guy du Blet

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: coming soon

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Guy du Blêt was born in Melbourne. He has worked and studied extensively all over the continent and has been playing with Orchestra Victoria since 1998. He has worked with all the major symphony orchestras across Australia, as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (OEK), Synergy, Libra Ensemble, Speak Percussion, Ludovico’s Band and Latitude 37.

He has toured internationally with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Elision, the Malaysian Philharmonic and OEK. He is inspired by the Berliner Philharmoniker (he trained under Rainer Seegers there) and his favourite pieces of music are Mozart’s operas and Tchaikovsky’s ballets. He counts performing Wagner’s Ring Cycle under Pietari Inkinen for the Opera Australia Orchestra and Bella Figura for The Australian Ballet under Nicolette Fraillon as two of the highlights of his career. His advice to aspiring musicians? “Work harder than everyone else.”

Last updated 2018

Timothy (Tim) Dunin

Australian Hometown: Canberra
Education: Canberra School of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Tim Dunin was born in Canberra, Australia in 1969.
After 5 years of classical guitar tuition he received his first double bass lesson at the age of 14, from Robert Nairn. Two years later Tim went to the Canberra School of Music to continue his studies with Paul Morton. From 1987 he studied with Max Mcbride until the completion of his Bachelor of Music degree in 1991. In this time Dunin was already a very busy orchestral musician, performing regularly with the Canberra Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In the same year he travelled to Austria to take on further studies with Professor Johannes Auersperg at the “Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz, Expositur Oberschützen”.

In 1994 Tim Dunin was Principal Double Bass with the Graz Symphony. In 1995 he won the position for Principal Double Bass with the Vienna Philharmonic / Vienna State Opera Orchestra and remained in the orchestra as a fulltime member until September 2003.

Apart from solo performances in Australia and Europe Tim has appeared as a chamber musician with ensembles such as the “Wiener Streichersolisten” , “Küchl Quartett” , “die Wiener Virtuosen” , “Wiener Kammerensemble” , “Salzburg Orchestra Soloists”, “Camerata Salzburg” and “Klang Forum Wien” and was a member of the double bass sextet “Bass Instinct” alongside Ernst Weissensteiner, Herbert Mayer, Gerhard Muthspiel, Gina Schwarz and Peter Herbert from 2005 until it disbanded at the end of 2012.

Tim Dunin has remained a passionate orchestral musician and performs regularly with ensembles such as Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Australian World Orchestra, “Recreation” Graz, Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra, “Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler Orchester”, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic / Vienna State Opera Orchestra.

Since October 2002, Tim has held the position of Professor for Double Bass at the Graz University for Music and Performing Arts, Institute Oberschützen.

Last updated 2018

Damien Eckersley

Australian Hometown(s): Canberra & Melbourne
Education: Canberra School of Music; University for Music and Fine Arts in Graz

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Damien Eckersley is head of double bass at the Australian National Academy of Music and a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as principal bass with orchestras in Australia and all over the world including the Tasmanian, Melbourne, Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, the Melbourne Ring Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Graz Philharmonic, the Tönkunstler Orchester  and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa.

He has also performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, the Australian World Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Köln.

Damien studied with Max McBride at the Canberra School of Music and with Prof. Tim Dunin at the University for Music and Fine Arts in Graz Austria.

As a soloist, Damien has performed with orchestras and in recital in Australia, Austria, Germany and Japan.

Damien is passionate about education and combines his studio teaching with coaching young musicians in chamber music and orchestral technique as well as giving master classes throughout Australia and Asia.

Last updated 2020

Claire Edwardes

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; The Conservatorium van Amsterdam; Rotterdam Conservatorium

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Claire’s musical studies began initially with piano and then percussion in her high school concert band. However she did not move into orchestral percussion until joining the Sydney Youth Orchestra in her first year as a tertiary music student.

Claire graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (BMUS Hon1) as Student of the Year in 1997 under the teaching guidance of Daryl Pratt and Richard Miller. She was the recipient of the NUFFIC Huygens Dutch Government Scholarship and later the Queen Elizabeth Trust Award which funded her studies abroad. During a successful period based in Europe (1999-2006), Claire undertook a Masters of Music with Richard Jansen at the Rotterdam Conservatory and then with Peter Prommel and Jan Pustjens at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She participated in numerous summer schools including Acanthe Academy (France) with Steven Schick and the Darmstadt International Summer Courses (Germany).

Claire was the winner of the 1999 Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year award, first prize in the 2000 Tromp International Percussion Competition (The Netherlands), the 2001 Vriendenkrans Instrumental Competition (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam) and the 2001 Llangollen International Instrumentalist (Wales) and in 2005 the Gaudeamus International Interpreters Competition. Additionally in 2005, Claire was awarded the prestigious MCA/Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music.

Claire returned to Sydney in 2006 and became the co-artistic director of the successful and innovative new music group she was a founding member of in 1996: Ensemble Offspring. She is also a member of Overlander – a group specialising in music reflecting the Australian landscape compromising William Barton (didgeridoo), Iain Grandage (cello) and Melanie Robinson (voice/cello). In 2007 Claire won the AMC/APRA Classical Music Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian music, by an Individual.

Claire was an alumnus of SYO between 1995 and 1997 and SYO paid tribute to her outstanding musicianship by commissioning Elena Kats-Chernin’s first percussion concerto which was premiered by Claire and the Sydney Youth Orchestra in July 2009.

Last updated 2020

Stefanie Farrands

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Australian National Academy of Music; Hochschule für Musik, Berlin

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Violist Stefanie Farrands held the position of Principal Violist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra 2015 to 2020, after living and studying in Berlin from 2010 with renowned Violist Tabea Zimmermann at the Hochschule für Musik, Hanns Eisler Berlin. Prior to Berlin she was the recipient of the Georgina Grosvenor Scholarship at ANAM studying with Roger Bennedict and Alice Waten in Melbourne. She is currently a member of the Viola Faculty at the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart and has tutored Australian Youth Orchestra Programs, and the Melbourne and Tasmanian Youth Orchestras.

Stefanie has performed extensively throughout Europe, America, Asia and Australia both as a chamber musician and orchestral player, including playing with some of the world’s most renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Salzburg, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and she has also been Guest Principal with the Strasbourg Philharmonic. In Australia she has been guest principal Viola with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and is a regular guest with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

She has appeared as Soloist with the ACO Collective, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, AYO Young Symphonists and in 2011 she was Soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing the Australian Premiere of Olga Neuwirths viola concerto. In 2017 she was soloist in Vaughen Williams’ Flos Campi with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Stef’s biggest passion is chamber music and is the founding member of the Hamer Quartet which was successful in winning the Asia Pacific Chamber Music competition, taking the overall First Prize Tony Berg Award, 1st prize for String Quartet and the Audience Prize in 2009. They gave their debut to critical acclaim in 2007 and since then have toured both nationally and internationally and recorded their Debut album for Melba records.

Commissioning new works for the viola is of keen interest to Stefanie. In 2016 she was the winner of the Freedman Classic Fellowship which will see new works commissioned for the viola, a recording of the commissions and other chamber music works and performances in both Australia and abroad. She has premiered Douglas Weiland’s third string quartet with the Hamer Quartet as well as given premiers to numerous solo, chamber and orchestral works as well as workshops and masterclasses on writing for the viola.

She has recorded both solo and chamber works for the ABC and is regularly featured of ABC Classic FM and 3MBS.

Stefanie

Last updated 2018

Simon Fordham

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Victorian College of the Arts; Robert Schumann College of Music, Dusseldorf

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Simon Fordham studied violin at the renowned Victorian College of Arts in his home town as well as at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Beginning his career as orchestra musician at the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Simon Fordham joined the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne after completing of his studies. In 1991, he transferred to the Munich Philharmonic as principal second violinist.

Since 1991, Fordham is a member of the legendary Rosamunde Quartet, but left in 2006 to train as a teacher of the Alexander technique. For more than 10 years now, Simon Fordham supervises and teaches the scholarship recipients of the Munich Philharmonic’s orchestra academy.

Last updated 2020

Richard Gleeson

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
A founding member of Sprung Percussion, Richard graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1993 with High Distinction. He was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra as principal percussionist for four years and toured with them extensively. Richard has performed with Camerata Australia under Paul Dyer and was an ABC apprentice with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

He has appeared with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Coruscations, the Australia Ensemble, the Sydney Opera House Orchestra and the Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

Last updated 2018