Who is Adrian?

Adrian Head MMus, BMus

Over the last three decades Adrian has conducted numerous orchestras & ensembles, nationally & overseas, including the Janacek Philharmonic, the Dohnanyi Symphony, the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s, & the Ady Ensemble: a twenty-three piece string orchestra which he founded in 2011, that performs standard repertoire & with newly written commissions & arrangements for the ensemble. In 2016 he studied conducting with Gabor Hollerung in Budapest, Hungary, & in 2017 he travelled to the Czech Republic to study with renowned Finnish conducting pedagogue, Jorma Panula.

Having graduated from his Bachelor of Music at the University of Queensland in 1993, Adrian became Principal Trombone & Staff Arranger with the Royal Australian Navy Band in Sydney (1994-2002)- a role which included arranging for the Sydney 2000 Olympics & Paralympics. His efforts during this time were rewarded with an Admiral’s Commendation (2001). He moved to Manchester in the UK for two years (2002 – 2003), where he worked for the Royal Northern College of Music & for the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM). In 2011 he completed his Master of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium. He currently lives in Brisbane, & plans to continue his conducting experiences both locally & internationally.

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