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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.

He received a grant from the Western Australian Arts Council enabling him to study conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Vilem Tausky.

Peter Bandy has held important positions in Australia, conducting Orchestral and Choral Music, Opera and Ballet. He has now directed most major professional symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand. In 1987 he undertook engagements as Chorus Master with the Australian Opera and in 1989, made his debut as a conductor with that company. Prior to this he was Music Director of the West Australian Gilbert and Sullivan Society for seven years.

As Associate and Resident Conductor of the Australian Ballet from 1987 he has conducted most ballets in the company's repertoire. In 1992 he toured with the company to New Zealand, conducting the Auckland Philharmonia in performances of Romeo and Juliet. He has also conducted for the Royal New Zealand, West Australian and Queensland Ballet Companies.

Peter has worked with a diversity of artists such as James Galway, Dame Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, Rolf Harris and Peter Schikele [PDQ Bach]. In 1994-95, he again visited New Zealand conducting concerts with the Auckland Philharmonia and the Christchurch Symphony plus seasons with the Royal New Zealand Ballet involving the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

From 1996-98, Peter was Music Director of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society and also at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School. He was Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra from 1993-2007 and during that time, directed his young players through major orchestral works from the symphonic repertoire. He is currently Artistic Director and conductor of the Heidelberg Choral Society and the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.

Peter was the Guest Conductor of the Zelman Symphony for the Final of the Boroondara Eisteddfod's Piano Concerto Competition on Sunday 15 June 2014, and he was a Special Guest Conductor of the orchestra at Federation Square's Deakin Edge on Sunday 28 September 2014 when he conducted Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, with less than 48 hours notice.

Peter Bandy has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts:

28 September 2014 - Tchaikovsky's Pathétique
15 June 2014 - Boroondara Eisteddfod Piano Concerto Award

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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