Philip Arkinstall

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney & Melbourne
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Philip has been the associate principal clarinet of the MSO since 2009 and was principal with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he has had an ongoing association ever since. After completing his Bachelor of Music at The Sydney in Conservatorium under Peter Jenkin he went on to win the ABC young performers award in 1997 playing the Francaix Concerto and was the 2MBS radio performer of the year in 1996. Philip has been guest principal with the AOBO and ACO and has appeared both as soloist and as guest principal with the Sydney, West Australian, Queensland, Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony orchestras and was a frequent soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra during his tenure there.

Philip is a founding member of Plexus and has given masterclasses in South America, across Asia and Australia, teaching often at ANAM, Melbourne University and The Canberra School of Music. He played with Camerata Bern across Europe and toured India with the AWO in 2015. He has shared the stage with various notable performers including Vesselina Kassarova in Mozart’s Parto Parto during Camerata Berns’ South American tour in 2013, Sting during his 2011 Australian tour with ‘Englishman in New York and Mad about You’ and more recently as a soloist accompanied by the MSO and the Lincoln City Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in Bernstein’s Prelude Fugue and Riffs.

Last updated 2019

Francesco (Frank) Celata

Australian Hometown(s): Melbourne & Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Victorian College of the Arts

Mr Frank Celata is Associate Principal Clarinet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and an AWO Board Member. Mr Celata graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts 1987, prior to that he studied, and is now a lecturer, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

He is a founding member of the chamber ensemble the Sydney Soloists and is a member of the New Sydney Wind Quintet. In 2013 he accepted the position of Lecturer in Orchestral and Chamber Music at the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart.

On several occasions between 2003 and 2009 he appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra as guest Principal Clarinet, performing on international tours and recordings. More recently he appeared as guest Principal Clarinet with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London touring internationally and recording with them. Frank plays Principal Clarinet with the Australian World Orchestra, comprising 110 of Australia’s leading musicians drawn from 47 orchestras around the world.

Last updated 2018

Paul Champion

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney & Melbourne
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School

Paul has been Principal Clarinet of  Orchestra Victoria since 2004. During this time he has appeared as a soloist with OV in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Rossini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations and Weber’s Concertino.

He has been Guest Principal Clarinet with the Australian World Orchestra (2015 tour of India), Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Paul is a currently Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and teaches in his private studio.

Paul was born in Sydney and studied with Mark Walton, Head of Woodwind at the Sydney Conservatorium. After leaving school Paul studied Commerce at the University of New South Wales and began learning from Frank Celata, Associate Principal of the Sydney Symphony. In 1997 he gained his Licentiate of Music (LMus) Diploma through the AMEB, a year later the Fellowship of Music (FMus) Diploma, and during this time recorded a CD of Australian clarinet music.

He is also co-founder and CEO of education platform Online Virtuoso.

Last updated 2018

Jonathan Craven

Australian Hometown(s): Brisbane & Melbourne
Education: Queensland Conservatorium, Royal Academy of Music, London

Jonathan studied Clarinet with Floyd Williams at the Queensland Conservatorium. When he finished school, he was accepted into the Diploma of Music (Performance) course, and during this time he won several prizes for both solo performing and chamber music.

Upon completion of the Diploma, Jonathan travelled to London where he received a licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Jonathan moved to Perth to teach at the West Australian Conservatorium of Music when he returned to Australia. In 1993 he was appointed Principal Bass Clarinet for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO). Three years later Jonathan became Associate Principal Clarinet in the same orchestra.

Jonathan worked freelance in Melbourne and Tasmania until he was appointed to the position of Principal Bass Clarinet with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2001.

Last updated 2020

Joshua de Graaf

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Victorian College of the Arts; Australian National Academy of Music

Joshua began learning the oboe at age 12 under the guidance of Neil Stafford. As a student, he was a member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia, Australian Youth Orchestra and the Young Australian Concert Artists.

Joshua is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University (B.Mus Perf -Hon), having studied with Anne Gilby and Eve Newsome. He was selected as one of four soloists in the VCA concerto concert in his final year (2004). He completed his training in 2005-06 at the Australian National Academy of Music studying with Jeffrey Crellin. In 2007, Joshua took up the position of Associate Principal Oboe with Orchestra Victoria, the position he holds today.

Joshua has also performed with Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmanian, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic. Joshua is a regular teacher of oboe at Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

He lives in the Dandenong Ranges, outside of Melbourne, with his wife and three children.

Last updated 2020

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 and is the Composer in Residence for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the 2019 season. Paul was the Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) from 2010 – 2015 and is a Principal Clarinet with the Australian World Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Sculthorpe Wind Quintet, the Endeavour Trio and is Artistic Director of Ensemble Q.

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 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 is currently working on an opera commissioned by the Queensland Conservatorium Opera School, which will premiere in 2018.

Last updated 2018

Nick Deutsch

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Victorian College for the Arts

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

Diana Doherty

Australian Hometown(s): Brisbane & Sydney
Education: Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

Diana Doherty joined the Sydney Symphony as Principal Oboe in 1997, having held the same position with the Symphony Orchestra of Lucerne (1990-1997). She has performed as a soloist with the major symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva, Ensemble Kanazawa Japan, New York Chamber Symphony and Symphony Orchestra of Lucerne. 

Recordings include a disc of oboe concertos with Lucerne Symphony (Pan Classics), various recordings for ABC Classics including Romantic concertos, Blues for DD, Souvenirs, a Bach Album, Concertos by Ross Edwards and Carl Vine, and a Naxos recording of “Inflight Entertainment” by Graeme Koehne. Career highlights include winning first prize at the Prague Spring international competition and being named joint winner of the 1995 Young Concert Artist auditions in New York.

Other highlights include premiering Ross Edwards’ Oboe Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Lorin Maazel, which followed with invitations to perform it with the New York, Royal Liverpool and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras; and performing other concertos written for her by composers including Graeme Koehne and Allan Zavod.

Last updated 2020

Leanne Glover

Australian Hometown: Perth
Education: University of Western Australia

Leanne Glover completed a Bachelor of Music with first class honours at the University of Western Australia, where she studied with Joel Marangella. During her studies she won the Dr V.H. Cooper Prize for Most Outstanding First Year Student and twice claimed the Margaret Bellos Chamber Music Performance Prize.

Ms Glover earned three scholarships to continue her studies in Amsterdam with Han de Vries and then in Zurich with Emmanuel Abbuel and Thomas Indermuhle for three years, where she gained a postgraduate degree in Performance. During this time, she was also awarded a grant from the City of Zurich.

Upon her return to Perth, Leanne obtained a permanent position with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. She has held the positions of Second Oboe, Associate Principal Oboe, Acting Principal Oboe and currently Principal Cor Anglais.

In 2019 she was honoured to have a concerto composed by Iain Graindage commissioned for her to perform with WASO.

Leanne teaches oboe at The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and at The University of Western Australia. 

She has also performed with the Australian World Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Leanne is a busy performing musician and can be found in many smaller ensembles around Perth. 

Last updated 2020

Philip Green

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney & Melbourne
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Clarinettist Phil Green studied in Sydney with Frank Celata and Mark Walton. He worked amongst several of New Zealand and Australia’s leading orchestras before joining the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as Co-Principal Clarinet in 2003.

He has been active as both a soloist and chamber musician and has regularly been involved in introducing new works by top NZ composers including Ross Harris, Anthony Ritchie and Gareth Farr. For Chamber Music New Zealand he has toured nationally with the acclaimed NZ String Quartet and especially with the wind quintet Zephyr. He has performed as part of the new music ensemble Stroma and tutored clarinet at the New Zealand School of Music for 10 years.

In 2014 Phil was pleased to return to Australia and was appointed Associate Principal Clarinet of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, (now Opera Australia Orchestra).

Last updated 2020