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Basil Hawkins

Born into a musical family in India, Basil began playing the piano and violin at an early age. In 1968 he migrated to Australia, and obtained degrees in teaching and performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He studied conducting with various teachers including the late Robert Rosen, and has worked with many orchestras and musical societies in Victoria.

While in India, Basil won a scholarship to the Calcutta School of Music where he studied piano under Professors K. & J. Wentworth of the Julliard School of Music, New York. Throughout his career, he has performed as a soloist in numerous piano recitals and as a guest artist at performances by various orchestras and choirs in Melbourne and Hobart, as well as in India.

Basil has held the positions of Musical Director at the Hutchins School in Hobart, and Carey Grammar School in Melbourne.

Involvement in orchestral conducting and the musical direction of operetta and musical theatre is his passion. Basil has, over the years, musically directed a number of musical productions with many professional, semi-professional and amateur companies including Centre Stage, Babirra Music Theatre Company, Catchment, Mordialloc Light Opera Company and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Basil has also conducted and/or musically directed a number of amateur and semi-professional orchestras including the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra, the Hawthorn Symphony Orchestra, the Dandenong Symphony Orchestra, Frankston Symphony Orchestra, Preston Symphony Orchestra, The 1997 FAME International Orchestra, Concordia Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble, Concordia Camerata, Barwon Academia Chamber Ensemble, and various School and student orchestras including the Carey Symphony Orchestra, May Music Camp Orchestras, etc., covering a large repertoire of orchestral works ranging from the 17th Century to the present day.

Basil Hawkins has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts:

1 December 2007

The above details were supplied by the individual conductor and were current at the time of their last performance with the Zelman Symphony.

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