Who is Adrian?

Adrian Head MMus, BMus

Adrian is a conductor, based in Brisbane, Australia.

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 Ipswich City Symphony, & the Ady Ensemble – 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. 2017 also saw Adrian voted a 4MBS Treasured Queensland Classical Musician.

In early 2020, Adrian planned & conducted two concerts with the Ipswich City Symphony Orchestra, to raise funds for those affected by the bushfires, along with the Rural Fire Service. The last two years have also seen Adrian involved with “Spirit Orphan”, a new opera in development based upon the 2019/20 bushfires, conducting both performances and recording sessions of the opera. In 2021 the Ady Ensemble & Adrian’s recording of Corrina Bonshek’s, “Dreams of the Earth”, was released on the U.S. based Navona Records label. As a result of the release, the work would be awarded the Best Contemporary Classical work at the 2022 Queensland Misic Awards. 2022 would also see Adrian & the Ady launch their recording of Brahms’ 2nd Symphony.