Dorcas McClean

1917 – 1981

One of Australia’s most gifted violinists, Dorcas McClean began her musical studies at the age of three at the New South Wales Conservatorium. By the age of eight, she was already appearing as a soloist at public concerts in Sydney as well as performing for numerous radio broadcasts.

Her brother Hugh and sister Georgina were also talented violinists and together the family often performed chamber concerts. When she was 12, Dorcas caused a sensation at a choral concert in Sydney with her performence of the Finale from the Concerto No. 2 in D minor by Wieniawski and was hailed by critics as a child virtuoso.

Shortly before her death Dorcas McClean expressed the wish to establish a scholarship to advance the musicial education of young Australian violinists. Following the bequest of her estate upon her death, the Travelling Scholarships for violinists were established by the University of Melbourne in honour of this brilliant musician and dedicated patron of the arts.

Previous recipients

Previous winners of the Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship include:

2014 Anne-Marie Johnson

2011 Kana Ohashi
2009 Sujin Park
2007 Suyeon Kang
2005 Cameron Hill 
2003 Vivien Jeffery
2001 Marlene Ito
1999 Chen Gu
1997 Sarah Curro
1995 Daniel Dodds 
1992 Asmira Woodward-Page 
1990 Adele Anthony 
1988 Stanley Dodds

 

ANNE-MARIE JOHNSON 

Anne-Marie Johnson is currently in her second year at the Australian National Academy of Music, studying with William Hennessy. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Professor Alice Waten. She was awarded a National Scholarship, a Merit Scholarship and a Women's College Music Scholarship for the duration of her degree.

Earlier this year Anne-Marie performed the Lark Ascending with the ANAM orchestra in the opening concert of their 2014 season. She is also a member of the newly formed Australian Octet, the debut season commencing in May. In 2013 Anne-Marie was the winner of the ANAM concerto competition performing with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, a finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, chosen as an Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist and the winner of the Audience Prize at the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition. She was also a national finalist in 2011 and 2012 in this competition. In 2010 she was a finalist in the 2MBS Young Performers Award and in 2008 she received a Premier's Award for VCE Solo Performance and won the Preston Youth Concerto Competition.

Last year Anne-Marie was invited to perform for Christian Tetzlaff at the Melbourne Recital Centre. She has also participated in masterclassses with Tasmin Little, Arabella Steinbacher and Felix Andrivesky and chamber music masterclasses with members of the Tokyo String Quartet, the Kuss Quartet, the ATOS Trio and Pieter Wispelway. She has been tutored by members of the Doric, Carducci, Pacifica and Brodsky quartets and last year performed in the Musica Viva and Melbourne Festivals with chamber groups. Her solo performances have been broadcast on 2MBS-FM, 3MBS, ABC Classic FM and Radio New Zealand. She has been asked to perform a recital in September as part of a new 3MBS series

KANA OHASHI

Kana Ohashi is 20 years old and is in her second year of studies at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She began as a Suzuki violin,studying first with Dominique Gallery and then from 2000 with Kim Bishop. Between 2007 and 2011, she was a studen of Wilma Smith, concert master of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and also traveled to Sydney to receive lessons from Haruo Goto. Kana's awards include first prize in the Dandenong Festival Concerto Section (25 years and under) and the Preston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition (both 2005), and the National Youth Concerto Competition (2006). That same year she became a Young Academy Musician member of the Australian National Academy of Music on a scholarship. Performance highlights include her debut at Melba Hall with pianist Elyane Laussade, a recital at the Melba Festival, and broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS FM.

In 2008, she became a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and was a finalist in the Hephzibah Menuhin Awards. Engagements in 2009 included performing the Glazunov Concerto with Orchestra Victoria, and later in the year, playing a recital at the Monsalvat Barn Gallery, organised by the Flinders Quartet, and was also a string finalist in the Australian Young Performers Awards performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, Kana was the winner of the Queenstown Violin Summer School Competition in New Zealand, and was invited to play the 3rd movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She performed with the Victorian Symphony Orchestra in the same year and was also awarded 2nd place in the Gisborne International Music Competition.

In 2011,  Kana held a Tsunami and Earthquake Benefit Recital for Japan, with Wilma Smith and respected New Zealand harpsichordist/pianist Donald Nicolson, and had the privilege of becoming a casual member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is the recipient of the ABRSM International Undergraduate Scholarship to the Royal Northern College in Manchester, with assistance from the 2011 Dorcas McClean Scholarship.

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SUJIN PARK

Sujin Park began violin lessons at the age of 6. In 1996 she began lessons with Alice Waten at The Australian Institute of Music as a scholarship holder in the Young Musicians Program. She was also awarded many other scholarships, including a full music scholarship at her high school, Pymble Ladies’ College, and also at the Sydney Conservatorium Access Centre. Sujin received her A.Mus.A at the age of 11, and L.Mus.A at the age of 13, both with distinction. After graduating from high school, Sujin spent two years at Macquarie University studying law and business administration. However, she realised that she was much more passionate about music, and she moved to studying with Goetz Richter at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a scholarship.

Sujin has won many awards and medals in the McDonalds Performing Arts Challenge. She won the Multiple Concerto section of the 2003 KPO NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition and she won the Outstanding Prize in 2004 in the same competition. In 2005, she performed in the finals of the 2MBS-FM Young Performers Competition, where she was broadcast live on radio. In 2009, Sujin won the prestigious Dorcas Mclean Travelling Scholarship of $30000.

Sujin is an experienced performer in both solo and chamber music performance. She was the leader for her school quartet, school’s orchestras, her quartet at the Conservatorium Access Centre, and now her quartet at the Royal College of Music in London. She performed several times at the NSW Art Gallery lunchtime concerts and while attending the Australian Institute of Music, her quartet was invited to play at a concert in Kendall. She was also invited to perform with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

In 2010, Sujin was offered the ABRSM scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, and is currently studying there under the tutelage of Itzhak Rashkovsky.

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Suyeon began her violin studies at the age of 6 in Canberra (Australia) with Josette E. Morgan, then in Sydney and Melbourne with Alice Waten and Goetz Richter. Since 2007 she has been living in Germany, where he studied under the guidance of Daniel Gaede. In 2011 she graduated with honours from the Hochschule of Musik in Nürenberg. In Australia, she received numerous prizes and awards. She got the 3rd Prize at the International Competition Yehudi Menuhin (Oslo, 2010), was a laureate at the Leopold Mozart (Augsburg, 2009), she won the Chamber Music Competition of the Mozart Society (Nürnberg, 2008), won the Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship for Violinists (2007), and she was also distinguished with the DAAD Scholarship 2010, amongst others.

Suyeon has appeared as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Norwegian Radio (KORK), the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Symphony Orchestras of Melbourne, Tasmania, Queensland and Canberra, and the Victoria Orchestra. Her activity in chamber music is intense, together with J. Berger, S. Jerusalem, F. Halasz and D. Gaede. Since 2009, she has been an assistant at the Hochschule of Musik in Nürenberg, and she has given classes at the Mendelssohn International Festival of Scotland and in Slovakia.

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CAMERON HILL

Cameron is a Melbourne-based violinist who performs regularly as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. In 2006 he graduated from the University of Melbourne studying with William Hennessy (1999-2005), completing the Bachelor of Music with Honours and topping the year. More recently he has completed three years at the Australian National Academy of Music where he studied with Alice Waten.

At five he commenced violin studies with Cathryn Bills, progressing through the Trinity College of London music examination system. During his time at Balwyn High School, where he was Music Captain in 2001, he completed Music: Solo Performance (VCE) achieving a perfect score and topping the state in 2000. The same year he was awarded the Licentiate (L.Mus.A) with distinction, on viola. His 7-year association with Melbourne Youth Music culminated in appearing as concertmaster of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra in 2000. In 2001 Cameron toured Europe with the Australian Youth Orchestra directed by Vladimir Ashkenazy, performing in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

While studying at the University of Melbourne he appeared as concertmaster of the Orchestra (2003-2005), was a founding member of the Melbourne University Chamber Orchestra and was heavily involved in chamber music. Awards include: Lady Turner Exhibition, Ormond Exhibition, Bertha Jorgensen Award, Peg Oldfield Prize and the Catherine Grace McWilliam Prize for the best overall final year student. He also won the 2003 Mozart Concerto Competition, the 2004 JS Bach Prize for Strings, the 2004 Faculty Concerto Competition and the 2003 & 2005 Chamber Music Competition. In 2005 he won the national Dorcas McClean Violin Competition, Australia’s leading string award.
Cameron Hill was named the 2006 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year after winning the Grand Final with a performance of the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Cameron was subsequently the inaugural recipient of the ABC Sir Charles Moses Young Performers Trophy. He reached the grand final having previously won the Stage III national string final, performing with The Queensland Orchestra.

Solo engagements in recent years have included touring with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – in their centenary year, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Willoughby Symphony, Stonnington Symphony and the Australian Youth Orchestra. He was a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra from 2003 – 2008 and performed with the Hamer Quartet from 2006–2008, of which he was the founding leader. In 2008 he was an Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist. Cameron has appeared as Principal 1st Violin of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and as Guest Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a role that he will continue in 2011.

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VIVIEN JEFFERY

Vivien Jeffery began playing the violin at age five under the Suzuki Method. In 1998 she commenced study with Alice Waten in Year 11 at the Australian Institute of Music. The following year she was a prizewinner in the Gisborne International Music Competition. In 2001 Vivien Jeffery won the Kendall National Violin Competition and as part of the prize received a violin made by the Australia luthier, Graeme Caldersmith. She was also the recipient of the Order of Australia Scholarship, and was featured on 2MBS FM and ABC Classic FM’s Young Australia.

Vivien Jeffery completed a Bachelor of Music degree with first class honours at the Australian Institute of Music, Sydney in 2002. She was silver medallist in the Hunts Master Performers Scholarship and won the Marcus Edwards Violin Prize. Vivien has been a string finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards in 2002 and 2004, and has performed the Barber and Prokofiev 2 violin concerti with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. In 2003 she won the Dorothy Fraser Scholarship, the Richard Goldner Scholarship and the Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship. In February 2004 Vivien Jeffery performed the Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She also performed Sarasate Carmen Fantasy with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria to great acclaim. She has played for Cho Liang Lin, and has participated in masterclasses given by Salvatore Accardo. Since 2004 Vivien Jeffery has been an ANAM Academy Musician, studying with Alice Waten.

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When her mother asked Marlene Ito if she’d like to learn the violin, the four-year-old little girl had no idea what it was, but right from her first lesson she was delighted with the instrument. After studying at the conservatory in Sydney with Goetz Richter, in 2003 Marlene Ito went to Germany where she continued her training at the Lübeck Musikhochschule as well as the Universität der Künste in Berlin with Nora Chastain. While still a student she became a scholar of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy (2006-2008).

She also attended numerous masterclasses, including those of Pinchas Zukerman, Zakhar Bron, Walter Levin and the Artemis Quartet. As well as gathering orchestral experience as an intern with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the NDR Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg and deputizing in ensembles including Berlin’s Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra, she has appeared as a soloist and a chamber-music player. Her first permanent engagement was in 2009, when she became First Konzertmeister of Berlin’s Komische Oper. From there she moved in September 2011 to the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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CHEN GU

Chen Gu was born in Shanghai and began playing the violin at the age of four.

In 1986, he won the first prize in the junior section of the Shanghai Music Competition, afterwards giving his first public performance. In 1993 he was a prize winner at the National Violin Competition in China, thereafter performing in recitals and with major orchestras in Shanghai and many other cities of China.

Chen Gu moved to Sydney in 1996, where he studied for his Bachelor of Music degree at the Australian Institute of Music as the only full scholarship student at the time. In the same year, he won first prize in the National Chopin and Wieniawski Competition in Townsville. In the following year, he was a prizewinner at the Wieniawski-Lipinski Competition in Lublin, Poland. In 1998, he took second place at the Novosibirsk International Violin Competition in Russia.

In 1999 Chen Gu won the Richard Goldner Scholarship, the Kendall National Violin Competition and the University of Melbourne’s Dorcas McClean Scholarship, and was a Stage III finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards. In 2000, he was a prizewinner at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in England.

Chen Gu has given recitals, concerto performances and chamber music concerts in China, Taiwan and Australia. His teachers have included Shixiang Zhang and Charmian Gadd, and he has studied chamber music with Lois Simpson, John Painter and John Harding.

Chen Gu has been a permanent member of the Sydney Symphony since 2001. In 2002, he appeared as Guest Concertmaster with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and he has since appeared as Acting Associate Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony.

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Sarah Curro graduated in 1994 from the Queensland Conservatorium, where she was winner of the Conservatorium Medal for Excellence. She subsequently studied, and then taught, at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and from 1999-2002 was a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. 

During her time in Hong Kong she was also concertmaster of the Hong Kong Bach Society Orchestra and a member of the Fiorini String Trio. In Australia, she has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and has been guest Associate Concertmaster for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; she has also been guest Associate Concertmaster and guest Principal Second Violin with Orchestra Victoria. First playing with the MSO in 2002, she was appointed to the MSO first violin section in 2005.

Sarah is currently a full time member with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has been a passionate orchestral tutor her whole career. More recently her association with the instruments made by Arts Music has inspired her to explore contemporary artistic possibilities by commissioning works of Art, Music, Instruments and Costume to encourage the living talent of this country in this exciting creative time through her solo show VOLUME.

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DANIEL DODDS

Born in Australia, Daniel Dodds performed his first concerts at the age of five. At 14 years of age Daniel Dodds lived with his family for a year in Linz, (Austria) where he visited the musicgymnasium. The positive musical experiences and atmosphere experienced during this year confirmed his wish to embark on a career as a professional musician. At the age of seventeen he left Australia, furnished with scholarships for Switzerland to commence his violin studies with Gunars Larsens at the Conservatorium of Music in Lucerne and with Keiko Wataya at the Conservatorium of Utrecht . Attaining all diplomas “with distinction” he recieved further inspiration in masterclasses with Rudolf Baumgartner, Franco Gulli and one of the grand masters of the golden age of violinists, Nathan Milstein.

A winner and prizewinner of several national and international competitions in his years as a student, Daniel Dodds was invited by Rudolf Baumgartner to become a member of the Festival Strings Lucerne, later becoming its first concertmaster in 2001 and now as of teh beginning of the 2012/13 concert season has been appointed the artistic director of the renowned chamber orchestra, leading this orchestra in concerts around the globe.

In 2008 he was personally invited by Claudio Abbado to join the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the symphony orchestra with a star-studded cast of members that has been creating rave reviews throughout the classical music world and also appears as one of the Soloists of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in chamber music events.

Daniel Dodds’s appearances as a soloist include: Brisbane Symphony, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen, Philharmonic Orchestra Giessen, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Melbourne Symphony, Thüringer Symphony and Zagreb Philharmonic, with concerts as a soloist in South America, North America, Europe, Switzerland, Australia and Asia.

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ASMIRA WOODWARD-PAGE

Described as a remarkable and auspicious talent by The Sydney Morning Herald and praised for her transforming intensity and beauty of tone by Allan Kozinn of the New York Times, Australian violinist Asmira Woodward-Page has received international recognition for her artistry. As First Prize winner of the 2003 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, she made her New York solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall the following year and was soon engaged for a return appearance.

Based in New York City, Ms. Woodward-Page performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician. This season her solo engagements include performances with SONYC (the unconducted String Orchestra of NYC), at Barbes in Brooklyn, Bargemusic and on WMP Concert Hall's Strad for Lunch series with pianist Blair McMillen. Chamber music concerts in the US include performances with Trio Vela at Bargemusic, the Momenta Quartet (at venues including Symphony Space, Cornell and Rutgers Universities) and in Australia as guest artist on the Lunchtime series with Kathy Selby and Friends in Sydney's Angel Place recital hall. 

Aside from her Concert Artists Guild International Music Competition win in New York City, Ms. Woodward-Page is the recipient of many international awards. Among them, she garnered prizes at the Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition of Belgium. She won Sydneys 2MBS-FM Young Performer of the Year award, was the four-time winner of the City of Sydney Violin Award, two-time winner of the Australian Music Foundation in London Award, recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Music Award as well as the Ernest Llewellyn String Award. She also won the Gisbourne International Wind String and Brass Competition, Dorcas McClean Violin Competition (Australia), and the Indiana University Concerto Competition.

Asmira believes deeply in presenting music to young people through whatever means necessary to inspire in them a love for Classical music. She has lead many outreach programs in New York Citys public schools and across the country, drawing upon her extensive teaching and performing experienceplus a few crazy ideas.

Asmira began her violin studies in Sydney with Jan Cooper then Harry Curby at Sydney University's Conservatorium of Music, later becaming a student of Miriam Fried and Paul Biss at the Indiana University School of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma, and was awarded the Performers Certificate for outstanding musical performance. She went on to earn a Master of Music degree at Juilliard where she studied with Robert Mann. She currently lives in New York City.

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ADELE ANTHONY

Since her triumph at Denmark’s 1996 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition Anthony has enjoyed an acclaimed and expanding international career with a performance schedule that includes both solo appearances and chamber music performances around the world. Her performances have included concertos with Houston, San Diego, Seattle and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the NDR Orchestra Hannover, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and in her native Australia performances with all six symphony orchestras.

Her recent recitals included the complete works of Bach for solo violin. She also performs regularly in duo recital with her husband, Gil Shaham. In 2008 they collaborated in concerts in the United States and Spain marking the centenary of the death of Spanish violinist and composer Pablo de Sarasate. The Lincoln Centre concert in New York was broadcast nationally on PBS. Most recently she joined him and other friends and colleagues for a series of Brahms chamber concerts at Carnegie's Zankel Hall.

An active recording artist, Ms. Anthony’s recent work includes two releases with the International Sejong Soloists: “Vivaldi: The Four Seasons” (Naxos), released in 2006, and “Sejong plays ‘Ezawen’” (Albany Records) released in 2003. Her recording of the Philip Glass Violin Concerto with Takuo Yuasa and the Ulster Orchestra, also on Naxos, came out in 2000, following an earlier all-Schubert album from the same label. She has also recorded Arvo Pärt’s ‘Tabula rasa’ with Gil Shaham, Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon) in 1999 and the Nielsen Violin Concerto with Dorrit Matson and the New York Scandia Symphony (Centaur) shortly thereafter. Releases scheduled for 2009 include a Sarasate recording with Gil Shaham (Canary Classics). Upcoming recording plans for Canary Classics include ‘Maninyas’ Ross Edwards Violin Concerto coupled with and Sibelius Violin Concerto.

Ms. Anthony has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. She has received awards from the Australia Council, the South Australian Government and The Queen’s Trust, In 1990 the National Arts Club in New York invited her to perform at the presentation of the Medal of Honor to Zubin Mehta. At age 13, Ms. Anthony was the youngest winner of the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition. She performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. As part of the prize, she also played the Tchaikovsky Concerto in a live national telecast.

Ms. Anthony studied at the Conservatory of the University of Adelaide with Beryl Kimber until 1987 and continued her studies at New York’s Juilliard School, where she worked with the eminent teachers Dorothy DeLay, Felix Galimir and Hyo Kang. She made her Australian debut with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 1983. 

Adele Anthony performs on an Antonio Stradivarius violin, crafted in 1728. She resides in New York City with Gil Shaham and their two children.

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STANLEY DODDS

Stanley Dodds was born in Canada, grew up in Australia and is now based in Berlin. He began violin and piano studies in Adelaide at age four and continued his music education in Linz (Austria) and in Lucerne (Switzerland). After concluding his Bachelor and Masters studies in Lucerne he became a scholar at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic before receiving tenure as a violinist in the Berlin Philharmonic in 1994.

He has performed as soloist with orchestra throughout the world and is a member of the Breuninger String Quartet and the Berlin Philharmonic Stradivari Soloists

He studied conducting in Australia, Switzerland and Germany, his most important mentor being the acclaimed Finnish professor Jorma Panula. Other important influences on his conducting career have been the chief conductors of the Berlin Philharmonic during his tenure there, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle.

Stanley Dodds has been music director of the Schoeneberg Symphony Orchestra since 2006 and the Berlin Sibelius Orchestra since 2002, both renowned semi-professional orchestras in Berlin. He performs with the two orchestras regularly in Berlin's principal music venues - the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus. His extensive performed repertoire encompasses all musical periods with a particular emphasis on the core symphonic works of the 19th and 20th centuries, and also includes opera.

He has conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Jena Philharmonic, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicale Milano, Orchestra Academy Scholars of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin. In 2011 he will give his debut with the 'symphony orchestra berlin'. He is frequently called upon to conduct ensembles of the Berlin Philharmonic, and has assisted Sir Simon Rattle in preparing works for performances in the Berlin Philharmonic subscription series. In addition to his conducting activities he also maintains a position as media executive and member of the board of the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation.

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