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Conductors of the Zelman Symphony

Rick Prakhoff - Artistic Director & Principal Conductor

Rick is an extremely versatile conductor having come to conducting from a background as a concert classical guitarist via a brief but significant flirtation as an operatic baritone.

Following his time in Perth and London studying classical guitar, Rick returned to Perth to study as a conducting major for his BMus at the WA Conservatorium of Music (WAAPA) before moving to Melbourne to seek out performance opportunities. (more details...)

Mark Shiell - Immediate Past Artistic Director

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Dynamic conductor Mark Shiell's passionate music-making invigorates audiences and musicians.

A former Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra, Shiell is also the Principal Conductor of the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra and the Macquarie Philharmonia.

Whilst his commitment to his regular conducting posts account for the major portion of his yearly schedule, Shiell's guest conducting has included performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony, St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Victorian Opera and Sydney Sinfonia. (more details...)

Michael Bakrnčev - conductor

Michael was the 2014 Emerging Composer under the Zelman Symphony’s ongoing partnership with the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Music. The world premiere of his newest work, "The Death of Pythagóras at Metaпontum", was enthusiastically received by a capacity audience on Saturday 20 September 2014. He was then invited to conduct the second-ever performance of his own work just eight days later. (more details...)

Peter Bandy - conductor

Peter Bandy is a conductor of considerable experience with successful performances in such diverse genres as Choral, Orchestral, Opera and Ballet Music. Alongside his performing talents are years spent learning his craft as Music Director, Music Arranger, Chorus Master and Orchestra Manager. (more details...)

Jane Elton Brown OAM

Jane Elton Brown graduated from Melbourne University, B.Mus.,Dip.Ed., receiving the Dwight Prize in Education. She subsequently gained the degree of Master of Music (Melb) with first class honours.

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Philip Carrington

Philip Carrington is an accomplished performer and educator. He has trained and conducted many student and community orchestras, including the Zelman Symphony for almost twenty years, and performed in many solo and chamber music recitals and as a soloist with several orchestras. He has taught violin and viola extensively, and his pupils have developed variously into performers of classical, popular and world music, as well as competent teachers. (more details...)

Nicholas Carter

In 2007 Nicholas graduated from the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, majoring in singing. Since 2003, he has studied conducting with Richard Gill. For OzOpera, he has conducted performances of Brundibar and The Beggars Opera. In 2005 and 2007, Nicholas took part in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program, working with the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, The Queensland Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Sydney. (more details...)

Nicholas Cowall

Nicholas is an experienced music educator, conductor, vocal coach, and vocalist. He is one of the leading interpreters and promoters of Russian Choral and Vocal Music in Australia and he has conducted opera, orchestral and choral ensembles in Australia and overseas. He has assisted Vladimir Ashkenazy, Oleg Caetani, Simon Halsey, Valery Gergiev, Marcus Stenz and Carlo Ricci on various symphonic choral projects. (more details...)

Gyula Cseszkó

Born in Adelaide to Hungarian and Dutch parents, Jules obtained a Bachelor degree in Music Performance on the Viola and as a young man made his conducting debut at the Adelaide Town Hall. Conductor Henry Krips commented after observing Jules at this performance, that the "young man showed great promise". Life has been a journey for Jules and his family, since being married 15 years ago to the love of his life, Elonie. After over a decade of preaching, he decided to return to music and pursue his childhood dream of conducting. (more details...)

Joshua Geddes

Originally from the Victorian country city of Sale, Joshua grew up in the local brass band playing all the brass instruments before deciding to specialise in Trumpet and French Horn.

Joshua has learnt conducting from the inside out having performed with many leading ensembles such as the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Melbourne City Opera and the Australian Army Band Melbourne. (more details...)

Jenny Going

Jenny is currently Musical Director of the Essendon Symphony where she has been conductor since 2008. In 2016 she founded and is current Musical Director of the West Melbourne Schools Orchestra, worked as rehearsal conductor for Opera NZ’s season of Sweeney Todd and was a conductor for Melbourne Youth Music’s summer school. In 2015 Jenny was honoured to be the inaugural recipient of the Rosemary and John Hopkins Award. (more details...)

Phillip Green

Phillip Green began his professional career as Principal cellist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and has since conducted all of Australia's major symphony orchestras. He has devised and directed numerous events in Australia and New Zealand, conducting opera, dance and symphonic works in many metropolitan and country locations. (more details...)

Peter Handsworth

Peter Handsworth was awarded a first class Honours degree in 1987 after the completion of four years study at the Elder Conservatorium with David Shephard. Further postgraduate studies in Germany with Wolfgang Meyer saw the beginning of an extensive international career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, South America and South East Asia. (more details...)

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. (more details...)

Greg Hocking

Greg Hocking has been Musical Director of the Essendon Choral Society since 1989. He has considerable experience conducting choirs and orchestras as well as performing in shows. Professionally, he is an entrepreneur and theatrical producer and runs the Athenaeum Theatre and the Comedy Club and is currently involved with the Melbourne Opera Company of which he is a founding director. He has conducted nine operas, including Puccini's Tosca and Madame Butterfly, and Mozart's The Magic Flute and Così fan Tutte. (more details...)

Gerald Keuneman

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Gerald Keuneman has been the Music Director of the Whitehorse Orchestra since 1990. He is an orchestral director with commanding experience in the world of fine music and offers a unique blend of quality and authority in music direction.

His musical background includes performing as a cellist in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the ABC Show Band, and many stage, film and TV productions. He has wide experience in conducting and directing community and corporate orchestras, arranging touring orchestras for visiting artists and in running musical workshops and senior classes at seminars, schools and camps. (more details...)

Michael Loughlin

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Michael is an experienced conductor and musical director, having been involved over many years with a variety of orchestras, choirs, opera companies and music theatre companies.

He studied conducting in Melbourne with the late Robert Rosen and spent time with a number of different teachers in Czech Republic and England. In 1996 he formed the Loughlin Chamber Orchestra, which has performed regularly in and around Melbourne. He has also conducted Stonnington Symphony Orchestra, Geelong Chamber Orchestra, Kooyong Chamber Players and Sydney and Melbourne Youth Orchestras. In the early seventies, he was a violinist with the Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra (now State Orchestra of Victoria). (more details...)

Nicole Marshall - conductor

Showing a natural flair and ability for conducting, Nicole Marshall is co Music Director of the Westgate Concert Band, Associate Conductor at Southern Area Concert Band Incorporated and Assistant Conductor of the Essendon Symphony Orchestra. Passionate about her art-form, she is currently receiving mentoring from Joseph Lallo and Lieutenant Matt Klohs of the Defence Force School of Music, and she is attending professional development courses run by the Australian Band & Orchestra Directors Association and Melbourne Youth Orchestras. In 2018, Nicole was the recipient of the Rosemary and John Hopkins Award for conductors. (more details...)

Ingrid Martin - conductor

Ingrid Martin is one of Australia’s brightest young conductors, with a reputation for inspiring performances that move players and audiences alike. A fervent advocate of wind music, she has led national and international tours and given premieres in Australia, China and the United States. (more details...)

Tom Pugh

A flute player, Tom began his conducting studies at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide with Professor Heribert Esser before moving to Melbourne in 1995 to commence a Masters in Conducting at the Victorian College of the Arts. Whilst studying with Barry Bignall and Graham Abbott, he conducted numerous performances with VCA ensembles, including Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Belioz's Les Nuits d'Ete and Sibelius' Pelleas and Melisande. From 1995-97, he was an associate conductor with the VCA Opera Studio, assisting in productions of Prokofiev's Love of Three Oranges and Ravel's Les Enfants et les Sortileges. (more details...)

Joannes Roose

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Joannes Roose studied conducting in Vienna on a Churchill Fellowship, and upon his return to Australia founded the Sinfonia of Adelaide, and directed the Adelaide University Choral Society, the Adelaider Liedertafel, and numerous orchestral performances. He has been Musical Director for the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust in two outstandingly successful seasons of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, the South Australian Theatre Company, guest conductor with the ABC Adelaide Singers, The Elder Conservatorium Orchestra and the Adelaide Metropolitan Light Opera Company. (more details...)

Steven Stanke

Steven Stanke studied conducting at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Alan Cumberland, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Mats Nilsson and Harry Spence Lyth, and the University of Melbourne with John Hopkins.

Recent conducting engagements include the Bucharest Sinfonia, The Opera and Oratorio Company of Australia, Mornington Peninsula Theatre Company, the Bands of the Royal Australian Navy and the Bands of HM Royal Marines. (more details...)

Michael Woods

In a past life, Michael Woods was a trombone player. A former student of Roger Davies at the Victorian College of the Arts, he was a principal player in five Australian Youth Orchestra seasons and in the Victoria State Opera and Australian Pops Orchestras. He also played in the orchestras of the ABC and the Australian Opera and Ballet. As a 22 year old, he won the audition for a permanent principal position in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. (more details...)

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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