2019 TYO Conductors

Each ensemble is supported through the year by hand selected conductors. These music education specialists and professionals leads the development of their ensemble through the year, along with the support of expert tutors, professionals and music educators. Some of our ensembles will also be working with Guest Conductors across the year for special projects and events. Read on to find out about our 2019 conductors.

Gwyn Roberts - Guest Conductor

Gwyn was for a number of years the Principal Cellist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this appointment, he studied with cellist Sela Trau and pedagogue Jan Sedivka at the Tasmanian Conservatorium. Awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1974,Gwyn studied conducting and researched youth orchestra administration in the USA and the UK. He has performed as Guest Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Adelaide and Auckland Symphony Orchestras, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and also as guest Associate Principal of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. 

Gwyn has been a member of a number of respected chamber music groups including the Mayne String Trio, the Queensland Piano Trio, and the contemporary ensemble Perihelion, and continues to perform with the chamber group Ensemble I. He is regularly invited, both as a cellist and conductor, to perform in and direct concerts, vacation workshops and seminars with youth orchestra and professional organisations throughout Australia, and his past cello and conducting students hold teaching and performing positions in Australia and internationally. 

Gwyn was the Musical Director of the Queensland University Symphony Orchestra for a period of 25 years as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Music at UQ. Recently the principal cellist of the Canberra Symphony, he also performs in a variety of solo and chamber music concerts in Australia, and is active as a teacher, examiner and adjudicator. Gwyn teaches lower strings at Kenmore High School, and directs two string ensembles there. He also directs the Young Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. His current projects include researching early cello history in Australia, developing his keen interest in photography, and recording an educational CD of cello repertoire together with pianist Jenni Flemming.

Christopher Bearman OAM

Christopher spent the first half of his career as a professional violinist, based in London. This included regular work with BBC Symphony Orchestra and with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, John Pritchard, Colin Davis, Andrew Davis, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Gunter Wand, Charles Mackerras, Richard Hickox, and Vernon Handley.

Christopher began conducting in 1990 with the formation of the South London Chamber Orchestra and continued his passion for teaching in positions with the Central Coast Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium, Sydney Youth Orchestra, and Australian Youth Orchestra.

In 1999, Christopher conducted the newly-formed Central Coast Symphony Orchestra and oversaw its development toward the now semi-professional ensemble it is today.

Christopher’s main focus in providing training activities is to link ensemble playing with individual tuition, and to assist students of all levels to understand why musical style is part of basic technique, and how they can make the music they play come alive.

Due to his contribution to the development of music education and performance in the Central Coast Region of NSW, Christopher was awarded an OAM in 2010.

In 2016, Christopher moved to Tasmania and maintains his role as Musical Director of Lake Macquarie Philharmonic and conductor for Hunter Opera.

Johannes Fritzsch - Guest Conductor

Maestro Johannes Fritzsch recently held the position of Chief Conductor of the Grazer Oper and Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester, Austria. From 2008-2014, he was Chief Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; as Conductor Laureate, he continues his relationship with the QSO. In 2017, he was appointed inaugural Principal Guest Conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra,

Johannes Fritzsch was born in Meissen, Germany, in 1960. He received his first musical tuition in piano and organ from his father, a Cantor and Organist. He also studied violin and trumpet. His higher education was received at the Carl Maria von Weber Music Academy in Dresden, majoring in conducting and piano.

In 1982, after completing his studies, Maestro Fritzsch was appointed 2nd Kapellmeister (Conductor) at the Volkstheater in Rostock. In 1987, Mo. Fritzsch accepted the position of Kapellmeister with the Staatsoper Dresden, Semperoper, where he conducted more than 350 opera and ballet performances within five years. 

After the German reunification, Mo. Fritzsch was able to accept engagements outside of Eastern Europe. In 1992/3 he worked as 1st Kapellmeister at the Staatsoper Hannover. During that time, Mo. Fritzsch was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director at the Städtische Bühnen and the Philharmonisches Orchester in Freiburg. There he remained until 1999 enjoying widespread acclaim.  

Mo. Fritzsch has performed with many orchestras, both within Germany and internationally. These include: Hamburger Sinfoniker, Düsseldorfer Sinfoniker, Philharmonie Essen, Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim, Staatskapelle Schwerin, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, Staatskapelle Dresden, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Staatsorchester Halle, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique Strassbourg, the Orchestra National de Montpellier, the Orchestra National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian, Queensland and West Australian Symphony Orchestras and Orchestra Victoria.

Opera Companies with which he has worked include: Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Opernhaus Köln, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Bastille Paris, Grazer Oper, the Royal Opera Stockholm, Malmö Operan and Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne (including Wozzeck, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Tosca, Rigoletto, Salome, Der Rosenkavalier). 

In 2018, Johannes Fritzsch conducted The Flying Dutchman for Staatsoper Hamburg, The Cunning Little Vixen for West Australian Opera, Don Giovanni for Opera Queensland and made major appearances with Xi'an Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. 

Mo. Fritzsch lives with his wife, Australian violinist Susan Collins, and their three daughters in Hobart where he works as adjunct Professor for the University of Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music and as course leader of the newly-created Australian Conducting Academy in collaboration with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. 

Simon Reade - Philharmonic Conductor

Born in Launceston, Tasmania, Simon graduated from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in 1998, majoring in composition. He then completed a Bachelor of Education in 2005 and is currently employed at Ogilvie, Clarence and Bellerive schools.  

Simon has been the Musical Director of the Hobart City Band Inc since 1997 and is the conductor of the Hobart Wind Symphony, who he led to the 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2017 National A Grade Concert Band titles. He was accepted into the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program in 2014/15, completing modules with Christopher Seaman and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Eckehard Stier and the Auckland Philharmonia, and Johannes Fritzsch and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

As a conductor, Simon is passionate about the performance of new music - and especially Tasmanian music.  He has conducted the premiere performances of over 50 new works by Tasmanian composers, as well as reviving many important Tasmanian compositions. He has premiered several important works of Don Kay as well as most of the large ensemble works by Simon Barber. In February 2014 he conducted premiere performances of Barber and Kay’s Piano Concertos with Michael Kieran Harvey as soloist. In November 2014 he premiered Kay’s opera, The Bushranger’s Lover to great critical acclaim. In 2016 he conducted Sculthorpe with the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, Kay with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra and premiere works by Barber, Misson, Young, and Reade with the Hobart Wind Symphony, as well as the premiere of Scott McIntyre’s Piano Concerto with soloist Michael Kieran Harvey.

In his spare time, Simon composes, and has filled commissions from the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, the Festival of Voices (Tasmania), IHOS opera, the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, the Derwent Valley Band and the Tasmanian Composer’s Festival, amongst others. His music has been performed by such eminent performers as; Michael Kieran Harvey, Jabra Latham, Diego Campagna, Maurizio Barbetti, Duo Porto-Frontini, Luca Ferrini & Joze Kotar, and Benjamin Price.  He has music for band published through Brolga Music Australia, selected chamber works through Musicisti Associati Produzioni of Milan, and he is a represented composer at the Australian Music Centre.

He lives in Campania, just out of Hobart, with his wife Claire and sons Owen, Callum and Elliott.

Kim Bishop - Guest Conductor

Kim Bishop is one of Australia’s leading violin teachers and founded a very successful music studio in Melbourne. Here she worked with students as young as 2 years old, mentoring them to successful university level studies and careers in a full range of other professions.

Kim grew up in Tasmania and completed studies in violin at the University of Tasmania with Jan Sedivka. She then moved to the University of Queensland to study with Elizabeth Morgan before taking her studies internationally.

In 1988, Kim gained a Master of Music from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, USA, studying with leading Suzuki pedagogue John Kendall. At that university she also taught for the String Development Program.

Over the years, Kim has played with a number of professional orchestras, including the Tasmanian Symphony and the Queensland Theatre Orchestra.

She was Director of Strings at Gippsland Grammar School and set up her own Suzuki Method Studio in Melbourne, Victoria.

Today, Kim is setting out on her next musical adventure by setting up a new Suzuki Method violin studio in her home town of Hobart.

Kim regularly travels to teach interstate and internationally as a Suzuki workshop teacher.

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Dale Brown - Academy Strings

Dale Brown began her orchestral career at the age of 12, attending Saturday morning rehearsals in youth orchestras for a further 8 years.

She has a B.Mus(Hons) in cello performance from the University of Western Australia and a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. Dale was a member of AYO and a string finalist in the Young Performer of the Year, playing Dvoraks Cello Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

She has held positions with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. She has also worked in Sydney with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

She has also done freelance work including a lengthy session of Les Miserable, film and jingle work.

Recently retired from orchestral playing , Dale now enjoys engaging with young players through extensive cello teaching and  youth orchestra conducting.

Estelle Levy - Tasmanian Junior Chorale Conductor

Estelle is a Classroom Music Teacher, whose weekly classes include Early Childhood, Primary, and Secondary Music. Estelle studied Music Performance, Conducting and Music Education under acclaimed music educator, Monte Mumford. She graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts, Music (flute), followed by a Bachelor of Teaching. Recognised for her teaching talents and aptitude, Estelle was selected for the Beginner Band Conductor Training Program, under the University of Tasmania's Community Music Program. Early in Estelle's teaching career, she found herself responsible for conducting school choirs as part of her teaching role. Wanting to improve her knowledge of the singing voice, Estelle undertook classical singing lessons with the outstanding Helen Todd for several years.

Estelle began working with the Tasmanian Youth Chorale Juniors in 2011, shortly after the Tasmanian Youth Chorale introduced the Junior training choir and still holds the role of Conductor of the TYO Tasmanian Junior Chorale.

Paul Radford - Guest Conductor

Paul Radford's association with the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra began when he was a student at the Conservatorium of Music, in the early 90s as a conductor of the Wind Ensemble and then the Youth Orchestra. After graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Music (Honours, First-class) Paul became a Music Teacher at The Friends' School, where he has held a number of positions. He is currently Head of Music at the School.

Returning to TYO in 2019 as Guest Conductor, Paul's program of dance-inspired works reached new heights in performance and we are thrilled to work with him again.

Paul is a clarinet player and is also a member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and is delighted to be rekindling ties with the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra.

Madeline Nichols - Guest Conductor

Madeline completed her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts, Honours in Music Performance at The University of Melbourne, and Honours Elite in Music Performance at the University of Tasmania, specialising on the viola. 

She has studied with Amanda Fairs, Fiona Sargeant, Trevor Jones, Simon Oswell, and Jo St Leon. 

During her tertiary music studies, Madeline held principal viola positions in the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, The University of Melbourne Orchestra, the University of Tasmania Conservatorium Orchestra and in the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute program. 

She has also played with the Australian Youth Orchestra and performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra in collaborative youth music projects.

Madeline is an enthusiastic and passionate music teacher who has taught violin and viola in schools and privately. 

After graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Master of Teaching in 2017, Madeline now works as a secondary school music teacher. 

In addition to her current commitment to Camerata Strings, Madeline has also been a tutor for organisations including Melbourne Youth Orchestras, Victorian State School Spectacular and LYCO Residential Summer String Camp in Northern Tasmania. 

Madeline enjoys playing viola in the Hobart Chamber Orchestra and in chamber music groups with friends.

Simon Cawthorn - Wind Ensemble Conductor

Simon is a graduate from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where he studied trumpet and flugelhorn. Simon has played in various ensembles in Australia, including the National Australia Brass (NAB), Hobart Wind Symphony, augmented with the Melbourne Opera Company, and has been privileged to travel with bands such as Derwent Valley Concert Band to Japan, China, Canada and America.

As a soloist, Simon has won several state and national awards, including winning the National Open Flugelhorn Competition at the ANBC in Adelaide (2011). In 2013, Simon was one of three conductors in Australasia to be awarded a Lady Stewart Conducting Bursary to study under Professor David King from the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK.

Simon has also been musical director for a number of concert and brass bands, including the Hobart and Glenorchy City Concert Brass and teacher in charge of bands in several schools. He also received the Tasmanian Bands League Badge of Honour (2016) for services to community banding.

Simon has been an assessor and an adjudicator of musical performance and was most recently the adjudicator at the TBL State Solo and Party Championships. He enjoys seeing wind and percussion players reach their full potential and, in his spare time, he plays drums for Hillsong Hobart.

Tracey Patten - Percussion Ensemble Conductor

After completing an Honours Degree in Arts in Music from the Victorian College of the Arts, Tracey used her Willem Van Otterloo Orchestral Prize to study at the Sweelinck Conservatorium of Music in Amsterdam, studying with Principals from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and various leading European freelance players.

Tracey has since been a freelance orchestral percussionist, augmenting with the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria and playing in many music theatre productions. She is currently a regular casual percussionist and timpanist and guest Principal Percussionist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Chamber music has always been a passion and she spent 10 happy years playing in the Melbourne-based, Aria nominated percussion quartet “Woof!” and still plays in the duo “Mattra” with her husband, Principal Timpanist with the Tasmanian Symphony, Matthew Goddard.

Tracey has taught in various schools in Melbourne, and at Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts. She currently teaches at The Friends’ School and for the Tasmanian Education Department. She also presents workshops and tutorials for various schools and groups in Hobart and has adjudicated the percussion solos for the Australian Band Championships.

As an Australian Youth Orchestra alumnae, Tracey is committed to supporting youth music and has been involved with the TYO for many years as Percussion Ensemble director, tutor, board member and Artistic Adviser. She has also tutored at AYO’s Young Symphonists Camp and been a panel member for various AYO programs.

Stephanie Perry - Guest Conductor

Although not a native Tasmanian, Stephanie has called Tasmania home since 1986. She graduated in 1992 from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Education with violin as her first study. Stephanie has had over 10 years’ experience teaching classroom music in various public and private schools. Stephanie has also been teaching privately for many years training orchestral string students using the AMEB syllabus, some of whom are currently undertaking studies at the Tasmania Conservatorium of Music.

Whilst living in Burnie, Stephanie was the high school tutor for the Stringalong program, a school-based program designed to train and develop string players, a position she held for over 7 years. In addition, Stephanie was the lead conductor of the after-school strings program, a program she devised, initiated and developed to allow string students from the local primary, high schools and colleges, the opportunity to perform as an orchestra in the community and surrounds. Stephanie has been a tutor at the LYCO strings camp as well as an active player and stand-in conductor of the Cradle Coast Orchestra.

Stephanie relocated from Burnie to Hobart last year with a vision to be a part of a thriving strings community and to pursue her vision of providing young people the opportunity to become passionate and proficient string players. She has 3 adult children, 2 of which are graduates of the Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, is married to John and is currently living in Kingston.

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