Player profile - Alexander Rodrigues

Meet Alexander Rodrigues - TYO1's Principal Oboist. While he's not at TYO, Alexander is studying at the UTAS Conservatorium of Music, where he is an Honours conducting student. We caught up with this talented individual to hear about his experience in TYO so far this year.

"I most enjoy learning new music and meeting new people who also have a strong love of music.

"Jamie [Allen] is great to have as our conductor. He is very passionate about music, knows so much about the repertoire and really engages with the ensemble to get the desired effect.

"To our supporters, thank you for allowing TYO to continue the work of nurturing a love of music with the youth of Tasmania. With so many cuts made to the arts in recent years, it's wonderful to know that there are people like you who see the numerous benefits of music education and want to help. If you're sitting on the fence, please do consider supporting TYO as it will really help provide Tasmanians with a higher level orchestral program to augment what they learn at school and university."

Alexander Rodrigues, 22, is currently an Honours student in the BMus program at the UTAS Conservatorium of Music studying orchestral conducting with Johannes Fritzsch. He's previously participated in the Melbourne Youth Music Conductor Development Program (2016) and attended Symphony Services Conducting Programs in 2015 and 2016, and the 2016 Summer School with Christopher Seaman and Johannes Fritzsch.

Born and brought up in Brisbane, Alexander graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science (Astrophysics) and Arts (Music). Having studied music from a young age, Alexander learnt the piano and violin before learning the oboe in grade 8, followed by the pipe organ in 2011. He was awarded the Organ Society of Queensland's Pipe Organ Scholarship in 2014 and has since performed on the instrument with the Queensland Youth Orchestra's Wind Symphony (2014) and the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (2016).

Alexander has been the Principal Oboist of the Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and was made the associate conductor of the orchestra in 2015. Since 2012, he has been on the committee of the orchestra in the position of secretary and publications officer and is still currently acting out these rolls from Hobart.

Having been involved in the music ministry at church since 2008, Alexander was appointed musical director of Holy Cross Catholic Parish in 2014 and conducted the choir until he left Brisbane to arrive in Hobart in August 2015. He is currently a committee member of the Royal School of Church Music in Queensland.

Alexander currently sings in many choirs around Australia, including The Australian Voices, UQ Chorale, TSO Chorus and Allegri Ensemble.

Alexander's interests include astronomy, listening to chamber music, reading and candle-making. He hopes to one day see the Aurora Australis while down here in Tasmania.

Catch Alexander in Queensland on 29 May or the upcoming TYO1 concert.

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