WPO CONDUCTORS - 2017
LUIS FERNANDO MADRID
Luis Fernando Madrid is an established and highly respected conductor in his home country, Colombia. He has an extensive repertoire of Symphonic and Operatic works. With a Master’s degree in conducting, he is currently completing his Doctor of Music Arts Degree.
In 2016, Luis was awarded the prestigious Colciencias scholarship from the Colombian Government to undertake his DMA research studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has been the previous recipient of many scholarships, including two scholarships from the University of Sydney and in 2012 the Colfuturo from Colombia, which enabled him to complete his Master’s degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Luis has been fortunate to study with many important conductors, among them, Baldur Brönnimann, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia; Eckehard Stier, of Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; Simon Carrington, founder of the King Singers; Eduardo Diazmuñoz Gomez and Imre Pallo.
Luis has regularly been invited to return to Colombia to conduct the major orchestras there, Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Colombia.
From 2012 – 2015 in Australia he has conducted for Northern Rivers Conservatorium (2013, 2014 & 2015), Australia Asia Culture Orchestra, UNSW Medical Orchestra, Sydney Opera Scuola Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra Sydney Conservatorium Symphonic Orchestra, Young Regional School of Music and Strathfield Symphony orchestra. In addition, he has established the Sydney Virtuosi Orchestra (formerly SRO) and developed a concert series for 2016 – 2017.
His commitment to music education has continued for more than 15 years; conducting, and teaching throughout Colombia. This has continued in Australia, where he has already become a much sought after conductor for youth orchestras; being invited to return again and again. Alongside his conducting engagements, he is regularly invited to teach at workshops and master classes, instructing the new generation of musicians in Colombia.
As a violist and chorister, David Angell has performed for internationally famous conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Stuart Challender, Richard Gill and Richard Bonynge. He took up
conducting in 1998 with a successful season of "West Side Story" for Holroyd Musical and Dramatic Society. In February 2001 David assembled the Bourbaki Ensemble and conducted its
inaugural performance, featuring music by Sculthorpe, Debussy, Mahler and Dvorak. Since then the Ensemble, based in Newtown, has attracted note for its imaginative programming, and in
particular for its support of
Australian composers. Repertoire performed by the Bourbaki Ensemble includes works by Elgar, Britten, Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, Lutoslawski, Takemitsu and Terry Riley, as well as by
Australian composers Peter Sculthorpe, Nigel Butterley and Richard Meale. The Bourbaki Ensemble has released a CD "Mozart in Love" of music for oboe/cor anglais and strings; its concerts
have featured world premiere performances of a dozen or so new works, some of them specifically written for the Ensemble.
In December 2002 David was invited to become the founding conductor of Orchestra 143, a chamber orchestra based in Turramurra and devoted to music of the period 1685-1828.
He has appeared as guest conductor with the Mosman Orchestra, the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Garrison Ensemble and the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra.
In 2013 Angell conducted the Crendon Chamber Orchestra, UK, in a concert of Mahler, Mozart and Australian composers. This is David Angell's second season with the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra.
DR. ANTHONY CLARKE
Hailed by critics as “a truly wonderful conductor”, by colleagues as “an outstanding musician” and by students as “inspirational”; Australian born Anthony Clarke has developed a reputation as a charismatic conductor, performer and educator. He is renowned for his thoughtful insights and ability to enthuse orchestras and audiences alike with terms such as “energetic”, “insightful”, “passionate”, “intuitive” and “exquisite” often being used to describe his performances.
His concert schedule includes engagements in Australia, Europe, China and the UK and covers a diverse range of genres and audiences including TV and radio broadcasts, subscription series concerts, New Years Eve gala concerts, world premières, education and community concerts, as well as concerto and recital soloist. He has collaborated with esteemed colleagues such as Sir Charles McKarras, José Carreras, members of the Australia Ensemble, and with popular artists such as Barbara Streisand and Michael Crawford.
In conjunction with conducting and performing, Anthony has also developed a reputation as an engaging educator, capable of opening the world of music to the trained and untrained music lover. As director and educator he has held positions at prominent institutions within Australia, such as Lecturer in Conducting at the University of Sydney, Conservatorium of Music, and has been guest professor at several institutions in China. Of particular importance have been his associations with Maestro Imre Palló, Maestro Alfonso Ghedin and Professor Jan Sedivka.
As an academic, Anthony achieved considerable success when in 2012 he completed his Doctorate where his research into score modification - Realising the Ninth, Werktreue and the evolution of score modification with specific reference to the performance and recorded history of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in D minor, Op. 125 - attracted considerable interest. During his periods of study Anthony has been awarded numerous prizes including the Frank Hutchens Memorial Prize and the Keith Noake Memorial Prize for the most outstanding graduating student. Of special note is an honourable mention by the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies for outstanding contributions to Australian culture in the performing arts.
Lee Bracegirdle studied conducting at Salzburg's Mozarteum with Michael Gielen and and took part in master classes with Sergiu Celibidache in Mainz. He received further conducting tutelage in Sydney with Sir Charles Mackerras, Carlo Felice Cillario, Vernon Handley, and Eduardo Mata. He made his conducting debut with the Orchestra of the Mozarteum and presently guest conducts in Australia and Latin America. Since 1996 he has been Musical Director of the Australian Chamber Ballet.
In 2014 he toured Cuba as guest conductor of the Orquesta Sinf'ónica de Oriente, becoming both the first Australian to conduct in that country and the first contemporary Australian composer to be performed there. This led to follow-up invitations to return annually, and in November 2016 as guest conductor of the orchestras in Santiago and Holguín he introduced Latin American audiences to the music of Peter Sculthorpe for the first time.
Bracegirdle began his early musical training in Philadelphia, where he studied keyboard and various wind instruments, choosing the French Horn at age 14. He began tertiary horn studies at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, then at the Juilliard School in New York, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Whilst in New York he was a member of the Juilliard Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Among the mentors at Juilliard who influenced his compositional style were the composers Pierre Boulez, Vincent Persichetti, Jacob Druckman and Robert Starer.
During his studies he embarked on a multi-faceted free-lance career which included performances as principal horn with the New York City Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonia, and recordings with many prominent jazz musicians, including Clark Terry, Ornette Coleman, Stanley Clark and Teo Macera. In 1976 he performed as Principal Horn in the New York premiere of Dave Brubeck's The Gates of Justice under the direction of Mr. Brubeck.
From 1976-1977 he was Co-Principal Horn with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM (México) and Principal Horn with the Chamber Orchestra of México City. In 1977 he moved to Germany, where he joined the International Youth Festival Orchestra in Bayreuth. In the same year he was appointed Solo-Horn with the Hof Symphony Orchestra in Bavaria, where he subsequently co-founded Germany’s premier brass quintet, Rekkenze Brass.
In 1980 he was appointed Associate Principal Horn with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, where he served until his retirement in 2012. He has made numerous recordings for the ABC as a soloist, chamber musician and principal horn. He has edited horn études for the I.M.C. in New York, and published his own original studies and chamber music through 3-C Musikverlag in Germany. He has given master classes at Juilliard (New York), the Curtis Institute (Philadelphia), the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Chopin University of Music (Warsaw), the University of Illinois, and the Conservatorio Esteban Salas in Cuba.
In 1998 he was awarded 1st Prize in the Zoltan Kodaly International Composers’ Competition for his first orchestral work, Divertimento for Orchestra. This award earned him an honorary diploma from the Chicago-based Kodaly Academy. He was subsequently commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for 3 new compositions: Variations for Orchestra (2002), Ammerseelieder (2005), and Euphonium Concerto (2007). In 2007 the American Wind Symphony Orchestra commissioned and premiered his Threnos for Horn and symphonic winds, and in 2014 the Sydney Symphony premiered his Legends of the Old Castle for solo-harp, winds and percussion. His Violin Concerto was premiered in Sydney in 2015 with the SSO's ex-concertmaster Michael Dauth as soloist.
He was Composer-in-Residence in 2003 and 2013 at Bundanon and in 2012 and 2014 at the “Brahmshaus” in Baden-Baden, Germany. He resides in Sydney, is represented by the Australian Music Centre, and his compositions are published by C.F. Peters.
John Buckley has enjoyed a long, successful career as a conductor, multi-instrumentalist, adjudicator, clinician and music educator spanning thirty five years. He began his professional musical career at the age of sixteen in the Australian Defence Force serving in many locations throughout Australia and overseas in the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force before his selection to train as a music director for appointment in the Royal Australian Air Force in 1994. On graduation, he was awarded the prize in conducting and Dux of the Music Director Course. In 1999, he was appointed Commanding Officer and Music Director of the RAAF Air Command Band in Sydney until its disbandment in 2009. He proudly led this band on successful tours of New Zealand, East Timor, Gallipoli, Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout Australia. He also led the band during the 2000 Sydney Olympic and Paralympics Games and Federation Celebrations in 2001. John was selected on two occasions to participate in the Symphony Australia Conductor's Program in which he conducted the Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. John has continued to pursue his passion for music education completing a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Sydney in 2011 and in the same year, he was appointed Music Director of the Corrective Services NSW Band. He is also the conductor of the Senior and Junior Bands at Pennant Hills High School in Sydney. John has been the Music Director of both the Sydney Wind Symphony and the Wind Symphony at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, an active clinician and adjudicator for the Sydney Eisteddfod, Engadine Band Festival, and the NSW School Band Festival.