Musical Director: Rohan Phillips
In 2008 Rohan Phillips was appointed musical director of the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra.
Rohan’s history with the orchestra goes back to 1986 when he played first trumpet, and throughout his composition studies the orchestra was able to commission and premier a number of Rohan’s works.
From 1998 to 2008 Rohan was musical director of the Bendigo Chorale, and for the Chorale’s 50th anniversary concert he directed the BSO in Messiah highlights and Anton Bruckner’s Te Deum.
For more information about Rohan’s conducting and compositional activities, please go to his website: http://rohanphillips.com.au.
Guest Artists & Alumni
This list is a “work in progress” and aims to show the breadth of artists who have shared in our music making.
Guest artists as well as past and current members are asked to contact the BSO (email: BendigoSymphony@hotmail.com) with a brief outline of your time with the orchestra as well as your current activities.
Matthew began piano lessons in Bendigo, under Irene Gill and later with Tsou Nan-Chien, where he obtained his AMEB Piano grades and A Mus.A. He subsequently studied with Dr Ian Holtham at the University of Melbourne, where he obtained his L.Mus.A. in 1993 and Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) in 1994. Since then he has obtained qualifications and experience as a music teacher and music therapist, as well as living and working overseas. He is currently employed by Yamaha Music Australia as a teacher and regional co-ordinator based in Sydney.
Mauricio graduated from the Catholic University in Santiago where he studied with Oscar Ohlsen and Luis Orlandini and earned his diploma in classical guitar with high distinction. He continued his studies at the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Geneve under the guidance of Maria Livia Sao Marcos, where he obtained his soloist diploma with distinction in 2002.
With a principal interest in contemporary music, Mauricio is constantly creating premiere interpretations of new works by composers of diverse origin and generation, written specifically for, and often dedicated to him. Mauricio has received awards and honours in competitions such as Gaudeamus in The Netherlands and Accademia dei Concordi and Mauro Giuliani in Italy.
Mauricio has been an Australian resident since late 2010, making his Victorian debut in July 2011. In 2012 he performed in Festival Archipel Geneva, Without Cage in Strasbourg and commenced his PhD at Melbourne University with a BECAS Chile scholarship.
In 2013 he is a featured ensemble member for Argonaut at the inaugural Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, as well as undertake three European tours with Vortex. www.mauriciocarassco.org.
SIMON HARVEY: Guest Conductor, July 2016, March 2018.
Simon graduated from the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne majoring in performance and education. He studied guitar with Jochen Schubert, cello with John Kennedy, and composition with Peter Tahourdin and Keith Humble. In his final years he studied orchestral and choral direction with Yoshinao Osawa and Robert Rosen.
While still at university Simon conducted both the Faculty Orchestra (now MCM Orchestra) and the orchestra of the VCA; he also formed his own more eclectic 20th Century Ensemble (FMTCE) to perform more contemporary works.
Subsequently, Simon studied with Italian maestro Franco Ferrara at Siena and Rome, also teaching and performing as singer, conductor and guitarist.
Returning to Melbourne Simon formed and conducted Music Rostrum, conducted the Essendon Choral Society, the Royal Victorian Choir, Footscray City Band, Frankston Symphony Orchestra, and Zelman Memorial Orchestra while teaching music and mathematics and completing his M.Ed. at the University of Melbourne.
More recently Simon has worked with Newport Festival Strings and is soon to direct Strings West youth ensemble, an initiative providing performance opportunities to young string players in Melbourne’s west.
DANIEL HERBST: Musical Director 1993-2007.
Daniel was our Resident Conductor and Musical Director from 1993 to 2007, having joined the orchestra as a violinist in 1984.
A violin student of Diana DiGilio and Brian Blake, Daniel studied music at Melbourne University and Burwood State College. He worked as Assistant Editor and Staff Arranger at Allans Music where he was involved in the preparation of works for publication and was able to meet and work with a number of prominent Australian composers and study their new works firsthand. The Musical Director of Allans (Brian Martin, a grandson of the composer Alfred Hill) encouraged him to begin conducting and he was engaged in directing a Jazz Orchestra at the Musicians Club, working with Light Opera companies and directing choral groups around Melbourne.
In 1982 Daniel and his family moved to Bendigo where Daniel taught music at Girton College and was involved in setting up school-based ensembles. He was Musical Director of the Bendigo Youth Orchestra from the mid-80’s until late 1999. He now works as a violin teacher and freelance musician in Bendigo and Echuca.
At the end of 2007 Daniel announced that he would step down as music director of the BSO after 14 stimulating and successful years.
A musical prodigy from the Republic of Finland, “Paavali Jumppanen is an internationally renowned pianist, a versatile performer equally at home as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, and a recitalist. His vast repertoire spans piano literature from Bach to the Avant- garde. He has worked with numerous contemporary composers and premiered many solo piano and chamber works.” (Quoted from his website 30th March 2017). The Bendigo Symphony Orchestra was privileged to perform Mozart Piano Concerto in D Minor K.466 with him at the Castlemaine State Festival in 2017.
Philip began learning the cello with William Howard at Primary School in Australia. He later completed a B. Music Performance With Distinction at the Victorian College of the Arts with Henry Wenig. Since graduating he has enjoyed a diverse performing career as a ‘cellist, working around the globe in Chamber Ensembles, Orchestras and Bands. Philip returned to Bendigo in 2017, and in addition to his performing commitments, taught initially at Girton Grammar. He is now also teaching at Castlemaine Steiner School and Bendigo South East Secondary College. In November 2017, Philip performed the Monn Cello Concerto in G Minor with the BSO.
Soprano, Brenda Pitts, is a freelance professional opera singer with extensive Australian and international performance experience. She has studied singing in Germany and London and has performed major operatic roles with Mecklenburgh Opera (London) and Victoria State Opera (Melbourne). Brenda has often performed as a concert soloist for major Victorian Arts Festivals, notably ‘Opera on the Yarra’ for the Melbourne International Festival with OrchestraVictoria, and ‘Rising Stars of Opera Australia’ at Spray Farm for Opera Australia. Brenda has an extensive repertoire of concert works and operatic roles and has sung under the musical direction of some of the worlds finest conductors, including Simone Young, Roderick Brydon, Noam Sherriff and Richard Bonynge. Until recently, Brenda has been a resident artist with Opera Australia in Sydney. She now resides in Bendigo.
Wil began studying the flute at the age of 10 under the guidance of Beth Moloney in Sydney. During his early years he saw much success in competitions at both local and national level as well as achieving his L.Mus.A in flute performance. It was during this time that Wil developed a particular affinity for both French music of the early 20th century and music from the Eastern bloc. Wil recommenced playing in 2015 after taking a break to focus on work commitments. He began to perform in competitions on a regular basis, winning several awards including the Concerto section of the Bendigo Eisteddfod in 2015 & 2016, leading to the opportunity for him to perform as soloist in Mouquet’s La Flûte de Pan with the BSO in July 2016. It is his hope to commence a bachelor of music in 2017 at the Melbourne Conservatorium where he intends to major in performance.
PATRICK (Padraic) SAVAGE
Patrick writes: “I was a member in the late eighties/early 90s and gained much valuable orchestral and solo experience that I still benefit from. I am now principal first violin in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and have several credits as a film composer.”
In 1994 Patrick received a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, which enabled him to study with Dr Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music.
He graduated from the RCM with first class honours and many accolades including the inaugural Yehudi Menuhin Award and prizes from the Countess of Munster, Emily English, Martin and Ian Fleming Trusts.
Patrick now lives in London. He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras in the UK including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Young Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra, the RCM Symphony, the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the English Soloists Ensemble and the London Baroque Ensemble.
He has also appeared in the Wigmore Hall as finalist in the 1999 Young Concert Artist Trust auditions and his playing has featured on BBC Radio 2 and 3. His recitals have featured a wide and varied repertoire, frequently unaccompanied, and have included programs of the first 12 Paganini Caprices.
information from Patrick’s website: http://patricksavage.com/
CHRISTOPHER STOBIE: Winter Concert (2009) & Magic Flute (2010)
Christopher trained formally in singing at Queensland Conservatorium, and has gone on to perform in opera with Opera Queensland, the Victoria State Opera and Opera Australia. Since moving to the Castlemaine to live, he has performed regularly as a soloist with the Castlemaine and Maldon Brass Bands, as well as being a founding member of the Goldfields Opera, singing Figaro in their Marriage of Figaro excerpts, and The Counsel in Trail by Jury todate. Christopher has performed the Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov with the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra (2009), as well as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah (2007).
Craig began studying clarinet in Form 2 at Kangaroo Flat Tech with Colin Bubb, and has been a member of the BSO since the orchestra’s first concert in 1981. For that performance John Hopkins brought up music students to train with the orchestra, and many of these musicians boarded at his parents house, which was an education in itself!
In the past 30 years he has travelled weekly (or more!) from Tennyson and Bamawm to attend rehearsals and concerts.
Highlights of Craig’s time in the orchestra have been his performances of Mozart’s clarinet concerto and two performances of Peter and the Wolf.
In addition to farm work and 6 years teaching piano, Craig works as a cheesemaker at Murray Goulbourn. (notes from April 2012)
JEANETTE STOLL: Leader 2006-2011: Palm Sunday (2008) & Old and New Favourites (2011)
Jeanette began playing violin at the age of 10, moving on to study under the direction of Bogden Kazimierczak at the Adelaide School of Music. She has been involved in music camps, both National and State, youth orchestras, community orchestras, numerous chamber ensembles and many light opera and musical productions. Over the past 20 years, Jeanette has taught individually in both public and private schools and under the umbrellas of retail music businesses. Jeanette also enjoys the freedom of improvisation where she has been given opportunities to find expression in the varying genres of blues, folk, rock, grunge and techno. After moving to Bendigo in 2001, Jeanette assumed the position of concert master of the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra in 2006.
EDWARD WALTON: Palm Sunday Concert (2018)
Edward began the violin at the age of 3 and currently studies with Dr Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. Already an experienced performer, Edward has appeared as a soloist with the Western Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic performing the Khachaturian Violin Concerto and was a soloist in Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 violins with the Whitehorse Orchestra in Melbourne.
In 2016 he participated in Zakhar Bron’s Academy in Interlaken, Switzerland. He was further invited in 2017 to attend masterclasses with Zakhar Bron at the Interlaken Classics Festival where he was the opening performer in Bron’s masterclass concert.
Edward is a keen chamber musician and has participated in the Sound Thinking Chamber Strings program in 2017 and was selected for the 2017 Australian Chamber Orchestra Academy. Ted plays on an early 18th C 7/8 Goffredo Cappa violin kindly on loan from Lespets and Camden Fine Violins. (notes from March 2018)
ANDREW YOUNG, our first Stuart Anderson award holder, was chosen for his evident promise as a hornist, and over three years he certainly lived up to his promise.
Andrew’s presence significantly strengthened our Horn section,and his experience in the BSO contributed to his development as a player.
In the 2005 VCE examinations Andrew was judged to be the best hornist in the state. He is currently undertaking music studies at the University of Melbourne.
Andrew is also an excellent pianist.
CAROLINE ZULUAGA is studying paramedics at La Trobe University and became a member of the BSO in 2011. She has been playing the Bassoon for 12 years, completing VCE solo performance and performing at Top Class in 2006.
In addition to her university study, Caroline continues to teach bassoon to high school students.
Whilst Caroline’s ultimate career goal is to be a paramedic she enjoys the friendly community and relaxation that music provides. (notes from Aug 2012)