David Cribb

Australian Hometown: Queensland
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

David Cribb was born in Australia and grew up on a cattle property in Queensland. After studying in Brisbane and Sydney, where he gained his first orchestral experience with the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he moved to Germany in 1998 and studied with David Glidden in Frankfurt.

During this time he played with various chamber music ensembles such as “HR Brass” and “bach, blech and blues”. From 2000 to 2005 David Cribb was principal tuba player with the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin and has been employed as principal tuba player with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig since 2005. David plays in the “Gewandhaus Brass Quintett” and with his colleagues in the large brass ensemble “Leipzig Brass”.

He has been teaching the orchestra academics in tuba since 2008, has a teaching position at the “Felix Mendelssohn Barthold” University of Music and Theater in Leipzig and is active as a brass lecturer at courses and festivals.

Last updated 2022

Antonio Neilley-Menendez de Llano

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium High School

Antonio Neilley-Menéndez de Llano has been the Solo Tubist of the Malmö Opera in Malmö, Sweden, since early 2013. 

Born and raised in Sydney, Antonio’s first tuba teacher was Arthur Hubbard at the Sydney Conservatorium High School. After completing a Bachelors at the Sydney Conservatorium with Sydney Symphony tubist Steve Rossé, he moved to Zürich, Switzerland, to complete a Masters in Orchestral Playing with Anne Jelle Visser (Yamaha International Artist and former tubist of the Zürich Opera) at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. He also had the opportunity to study jazz with Jazz Trombone lecturer Bernhard Bamert and played regularly with the Zürich Jazz Orchestra.

In 2010, Antonio was a finalist at the International Brass and Woodwind Competition in Jeju, South Korea. Antonio was invited to join the Australian World Orchestra’s 2015 tour of India with Maestro Zubin Mehta.

Antonio has performed with some of the worlds finest orchestras including the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Zürcher Oper and the Danish Radio Symphony.

Last updated 2018

Steve Rossé

Australian Hometown: Sydney

Steve Rossé was born in 1964 and joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1990, having previously performed with major orchestras in the USA and Europe. He has been Principal Tuba with the RAI Torino Radio Symphony Orchestra, World Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and has served as Guest Principal Tuba with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and San Diego, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

In addition to performing with the SSO, Steve Rossé also plays with orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, with which he has toured internationally. As a soloist he regularly performs recitals and concertos, including new compositions written for him by Australian composers. Recent concerto performances include the John Williams Tuba Concerto with the National Orchestra of Taiwan.

Steve Rossé is a founding member of several ensembles, including the Groovin’ Tuba Band, the Tuba Quartet Daraa Thai based in Bangkok, and the New Sydney Conservatorium Brass Ensemble. He is also involved in Australia’s growing community brass band movement. He teaches and gives masterclasses both in Australia and abroad on an annual basis.

Steve Rossé lectures at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and many of his students have won competitions in the Asia-Pacific region and have been appointed to orchestral positions throughout Australia, Asia and Europe. He organises brass festivals and tuba conferences, and hosts his annual Tuba Mania International Festivals in Bangkok.

Last updated 2023

Matt Segger with instrument

Matthew Segger

Australian Hometown: Brisbane
Education: Queensland Conservatorium of Music

Matthew Segger has been Principal Tuba of the Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra in Germany since 2009.

Matthew was born in Brisbane, Queensland in 1982 and began his musical education with the current New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Tubist, Andrew Jarvis, at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2000. In 2002 he moved to Melbourne, where he completed his Master of Music, at the University of Melbourne, in 2005 under the guidance of Fabian Russell (Former Principal Tuba of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra). Matthew moved to Europe in mid 2005, where he contiued his studies in London, Munich, Berlin and Leipzig.

Between 2008 and 2009 he was a Tuba Academist with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, where he gained an increidible musical experience under the guidance of fellow Australian World Orchestra member David Cribb. Matthew has performed as a guest with various german orchestras during his time in Europe including such renowned institutions as the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, The Deutsche Kammerpihlharomine Bremen, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian State Opera.

Matthew enjoys also playing in various chamber ensembles and recently began a Tuba Quartet: Heavy MättAL, with fellow low brass colleagues in the surrounding German Orchestras of Osanbrück.

Last updated 2023