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: 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. 2017 also saw Adrian voted a 4MBS Treasured Queensland Classical Musician.

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.

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.

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