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CURRICULUM VITAE

2017 – 2018
Freelance conductor/pianist
Professional Life Coach
Author of new book
Professional Speaker

Performed as Manny Weinstock in Master Class starring Amanda Muggleton in Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart and the Sydney Opera House

2016

Free lance conductor/pianist/vocal coach
Conductor Athenaeum Choir
Professional life coach


2014 – 2015
Executive Assistant to Ross Levin, Mills Oakley Lawyers, Melbourne
Conductor Athenaeum Choir
Free lance conductor/pianist/vocal coach
Professional life coach


2013
Lecturer in Voice, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University
Chief Adjudicator Herald Sun Aria Competition


2012
Coordinator and conductor of a Summer Course in Prato Italy
Lecturer in Voice, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University
Melbourne Youth Music – Facilitator, Conductor Development Program


2011
IFAC, Tokyo, Japan – Guest Conductor (cancelled because of tsunami)

 

2010
IFAC, Tokyo, Japan – Guest Conductor Verdi’s Nabucco

 

2009
IFAC, Tokyo, Japan – Guest Conductor Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Appointed Australian Chairman of IFAC

 

2008
Australian Opera Studio – Head of Music
IFAC, Tokyo, Japan – Guest Conductor Verdi’s Falstaff (repeat)

 

2007
West Australian Ballet – Music Director
Australian Opera Studio – Head of Music
IFAC, Tokyo, Japan – Guest Conductor Verdi’s Falstaff

 

2006
West Australian Ballet – Music Director
Australian Opera Studio – Guest Tutor

 

2005
West Australian Ballet – Music Director
Orchestra Victoria – Guest Conductor
Scottish Ballet – Guest Conductor (2004–2005) Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Belfast

 

2004
West Australian Ballet – Music Director
West Australian Symphony Orchestra – Guest Conductor
ABC Classics – Recording of Puccini/Hocking, La Bohème, the Ballet, 2CD set, West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Australian Opera Studio – Guest Tutor
Western Australian Youth Orchestra – Guest Conductor
Great Barrier Orchestra (Townsville) – Guest Conductor
Scottish Ballet – Guest Conductor (2004–2005) Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Belfast

2003
Lyric Opera of Melbourne – Guest Conductor
The Saint of Bleecker Street (Menotti)
West Australian Ballet – Guest Conductor
Pirates of Penzance, Essgee Productions – Conductor

 

2002
Australian Ballet – Guest Conductor
West Australian Ballet – Guest Conductor
Queensland Symphony – Guest Conductor
Adelaide Symphony – Guest Conductor
West Australian Symphony – Guest Conductor

 

2001
West Australian Ballet – Guest Conductor
Canberra Symphony – Guest Conductor
West Australian Symphony – Guest Conductor

 

2000
New Zealand Opera – Guest Conductor
Die Fledermaus with Dame Malvina Major
Auckland Sinfonia – Guest Conductor

 

1999
Queensland Philharmonia Orchestra – Guest Conductor
Auckland Sinfonia – Guest Conductor
Victorian College of the Arts Orchestra – Guest Conductor
State Orchestra of Victoria – Guest Conductor

 

1998
Chamber Made Opera – Music Director
Dunedin Sinfonia – Guest Conductor
Crazy for You – Music Director
State Theatre, Melbourne, Lyric Theatre, Brisbane
Queensland Symphony Orchestra – Guest Conductor
New Zealand Chamber Orchestra – Guest Conductor
Martinborough Festival – Guest Conductor in Gershwin Festival
Concert performances of Carmen Jones (Wilhelmenia Fernandez) Melbourne, State Orchestra of Victoria
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – Guest Conductor
First performance Allan Zavod’s Trumpet Concerto (Adelaide Symphony)
Kiss Me Kate (Thomas Allen and Yvonne Kenny) Brisbane Festival

 

1997
Suwon Philharmonic (Seoul, Korea) – Guest Conductor
Opening, Crown Casino with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Anthony Warlow, John Farnham, Kylie Minogue, James Morrison and Ray Charles
Die Fledermaus – Opera Australia – Sydney and Melbourne
Crazy for You – Music Director
Theatre Royal, Sydney. State Theatre, Melbourne
Hunter Symphony Orchestra – Guest Conductor

 

1996
Esso Concert in the Bowl, Victoria State Orchestra
ABC Symphony Orchestras – Guest Conductor Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland, West Australia and Tasmania
Adelaide Festival – State Opera of South Australia – Australian premieres of Blue Monday (Gershwin) and Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
My Fair Lady (VSO–IMG) – Music Director Brisbane
Crazy for You (John Frost) – Music Director Australian premiere season, Sydney

 

1995
All ABC Orchestras – Guest Conductor Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland, West Australia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras
Hello Dolly (Gordon/Frost) – Music Director (Australia tour)
South Pacific (Gordon/Frost) – Music Director – Chaing Mai, Thailand
West Side Story (VSO–IMG) – Music Director – Brisbane

 

1993 – 1994
South Pacific (Gordon/Frost) – Music Director Australia and Hong Kong tour (323 performances)

 

1992 – 1994
All ABC Orchestras – Guest Conductor
Australian Opera – Guest Conductor 1993, 1994
Australian Ballet – Guest Conductor 1993
State Orchestra of Victoria – Guest Conductor 1994
Queensland Philharmonic – Guest Conductor 1993
Queensland State & Municipal Choir – Guest Conductor 1993
South Australian Youth Orchestra – Guest Conductor 1992, 1993

1989 – 1991
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra – Principal Conductor including tour to Korea and Indonesia
Australian Opera – Guest Conductor – 1989, 1990, 1991
All ABC Orchestras – Guest Conductor Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland, West Australia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras
Auckland Philharmonia – Guest Conductor – 1990
Dunedin Sinfonia – Guest Conductor – 1990, 1991

1984 – 1988
ABC Orchestras – Guest Conductor Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland, West Australia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras
Young Composers School – Conductor – 1987, 1988, 1989
Always Afternoon, SBS Television four hour mini series – Music Director
John Farnham Age of Reason Tour – Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony
West Australian Symphony – Ray Charles at Leeuwin – Conductor
State Opera of South Australia – Guest Conductor, 1988
Lyric Opera of Queensland – Guest Conductor – 1987, 1988
State Orchestra of Victoria – Eartha Kitt – Conductor, 1987
West Australian Ballet Company – Guest Conductor – 1986–88
Victorian College of the Arts – Guest Conductor 1985–88

 

1979 – 1983
Australian Ballet – Music Director Australia, Greece, Israel, China and Mexico
All ABC Orchestras – Guest Conductor Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland, West Australia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras
West Side Story – Director and Music Director 1983, Sydney and Melbourne
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – Guest Conductor
Symphonia of Auckland – Guest Conductor
Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Solo Pianist
West Australian Symphony Orchestra – Solo Pianist
Peking Opera and Dance Orchestra – Guest Conductor
Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra – Guest Conductor
Veracruz Symphony Orchestra – Guest Conductor (Mexico)

 

1976 – 1978

Canterbury Orchestra – Music Director – Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch Harmonic Society (Choir) – Music Director

Canterbury University – Part–time Lecturer

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – Guest Conductor

Portland (Oregon) Opera Company – Guest Conductor

Christchurch Arts Festival – Orfeo – Music Director

Australian Ballet – Guest Conductor

Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Guest Conductor

 

1974 – 1975

Los Angeles Civic Light Opera – Porgy and Bess – Music Director

Atlanta, Georgia – Porgy and Bess – Music Director

Los Angeles Civic Light Opera – Camelot – Music Director

Christchurch Arts Festival – Guest Conductor

 

1975

Christchurch Arts Festival – Marriage of Figaro – Music Director

1972 – 1974

Rothchilds – National Company – Music Director

Jacques Brel – Music Director – New York and Boston

Winter Stock – Music Director – Miami

Song of Cyrano – Music Director – USA tour – original musical by Wright and Forrest

 

1970 – 1971

Australian Ballet – Music DirectorAustralia, Asia and first USA tour

Asia with Fonteyn – USA with Nureyev

Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras – Guest Conductor

 

1969

Australian Opera – Resident Conductor

Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Guest Conductor

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – Guest Conductor

 

1967 – 1969

Christchurch Civic Orchestra – Music Director

Lindsay String Orchestra – Music Director – Wellington

Harmonic Society – Music Director – Wellington

New Zealand Chamber Players – Music Director and Pianist

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – Guest Conductor

 

1966 – 1967

Man of La Mancha – Music Director – Israel (in Hebrew)

 

1966

New York City – Freelance conductor

West Side Story – Music Director – Puebla International Festival

Lindsay Orchestra – Guest Conductor – Wellington

Porgy and Bess – Music Director – Israel

 

1965

New Zealand Opera Company – Artistic and Music Director, Porgy and Bess, Don Giovanni, Il Trovatore

Elizabethan Opera Company – Australia – Porgy and Bess – Music Director

 

1964

Lincoln Center Summer Theatre – Associate Conductor, Merry Widow and King and I

Lincoln Center Merry Widow – USA tour – Music Director

 

1963 – 1964

Camelot National Company – Music Director

 

1962

Summer Stock – Music Director – Chicago

 

1961 – 1962

Manhattan School of Music – New York City, Member of conducting faculty, Conductor of Repertoire Orchestra, Ass’t conductor – First Orchestra and Opera Orchestra

 

1961

Lock Up Your Daughters – Music Director – Australia

Most Happy Fella – Music Director – Australia

West Side Story – Music Director – Canadian premiere

Summer Stock – Music Director – Ohio

 

1960 – 1961

West Side Story – Music Director – Australia

West Side Story – Pianist and Assistant Conductor – first USA tour

 

1959 – 1960

National Opera Company – Music Director – USA tour

 

1959

Summer Stock – Pianist then Conductor – New England

 

1958 – 1959

Robert Shaw Chorale – Pianist and Assistant to Mr Shaw (USA tour)

 

1958

Porgy and Bess – Pianist and Assistant Conductor – USA tour

 

1956 – 1958

Freelance pianist, coach and accompanist, New York City