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Barry Tuckwell AC OBE - French horn

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Barry Tuckwell's multi-faceted career in music spans more than fifty years and, during this time, he has performed throughout the world as soloist, chamber musician and conductor. Born into a distinguished musical family in Melbourne, he played with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which he joined at the age of 15, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra before leaving for England at the age of 19. After playing with the Halle, Scottish National and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras, Mr Tuckwell was appointed as Principal Horn with the London Symphony Orchestra. During his 13 years with the orchestra, which is a co-operative orchestra, run entirely by the players, he was elected to the Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Board for the last six years.

He resigned from the Orchestra in 1968 to pursue a career as soloist and conductor. He has made over 50 recordings as a horn soloist and conductor and, in January of 1997, gave his farewell concerts as a horn soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Barry Tuckwell was chief conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for four years, and the founding Music Director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for sixteen years. He continues to have an active career throughout the world as a guest conductor and teacher, as well as broadcasting, giving lectures and master classes. He currently holds the position of Distinguished Visiting Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, is a regular faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center (the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Academy for Advanced Musical Study at Le Domaine Forget in Quebec) and, for the past six years, has served on the executive committee of the Maryland Humanities Council.

Among the many awards Barry Tuckwell has received are the Companion of the Order of Australia, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Honorary Doctor of Music from the University of Sydney, Fellow of the Royal College of Music, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America, and the Andrew White Medal from Loyola College. He is an Honorary member of both the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London and has received three Grammy Nominations.

He performed with the Zelman Symphony at the MLC Auditorium on Saturday 1 April 2006 and again at the Hepburn Springs Swiss-Italian Festival on the afternoon of Sunday 23 April 2006 in Daylesford.

These performances were Barry Tuckwell's first on-stage appearances since his Baltimore farewell concert in 1997.

Barry Tuckwell has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts:

23 April 2006
1 April 2006

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

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