About

In the second half of 2020 I have the pleasure of opening the 2020/21 Fulham Opera season with a rare operatic gem, Strauss’ Die Agyptische Helena. I am also looking forward to continuing my long-term collaboration with London Firebird Orchestra with symphonic concerts including works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Alexei Kisynov (Principal Cello, RSNO).

Originally from Sydney, over the last ten years I’ve worked with orchestras and opera companies in the UK and Australia conducting everything from cornerstones of the symphonic repertoire by Haydn, Brahms and Elgar, to my own arrangement of Wagner’s Parsifal, to premiers of music of today.

I have worked with the London Firebird orchestra since 2014. Recent highlights with Firebird include collaborations with Raphael Wallfisch and Yury Revich. I have also enjoyed repeat projects with the City of Southampton Orchestra, Cheltenham Festival and the Oxford University Sinfonietta. Before moving to the UK I was Associate Conductor of Sydney Youth Orchestra, conducting a broad range of repertoire both at home and on tour.

I am Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Fulham Opera, where I have conducted Simon Boccanegra, Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Carlo and Falstaff, amongst other fantastic scores. I’ve enjoyed wonderful productions with Ormond Opera (Madama Butterfly, Carmen), Elemental Opera (Parsifal), as well as performance workshops with South London Opera (Peter Grimes, Samson and Dalilah, Billy Budd).​

Having originally studied composition (alongside conducting) at the University of Sydney, I have a particular focus on performing new music and working with contemporary composers, from workshops and performances with the Dr. K Sextet at Cheltenham, to the Firebird Young Composer Award.  This year I will also be returning for a fourth year to Middlesex University in workshops and performances with student composers and instrumental soloists.

I live in London (with frequent visits to Sydney) with my wife and one-year-old son.

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