Calling all Queensland Conservatorium alumni – tune in
Past students and staff are encouraged to get involved in the Queensland Conservatorium’s 50th anniversary festivities.
Starting with a reunion weekend in February, the celebrations will continue with a program of events (Concert Calendar) built around the theme of Building Musical Futures.
The Queensland Conservatorium’s history dates back to February 18, 1957 when, after many years of lobbying, it opened its doors in the former South Brisbane Town Hall.
In the subsequent 50 years, the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University has played a significant role in building the futures of many Queensland musicians.
The Conservatorium has had three homes in its 50 years - the South Brisbane Town Hall, Garden’s Point and its present home at South Bank since 1996. It has produced graduates who excel across the world in all fields from opera and voice, instrumental music, jazz, theory, composition, music technology, popular music, teaching to arts management.
Conservatorium Director, Professor Peter Roennfeldt said graduates were spread worldwide, continuing their passion for music and passing their passion onto their current students, the new generation of musicians.
“2007 is the mid-point of our first 100 years, a significant juncture for the Queensland Conservatorium, during which we both celebrate and reflect upon our achievements, and also look forward as we redefine and reaffirm the role of our institution into the future,” he said.
Click on the links below for news from some of our outstanding alumni.
- Andrew Collis
- Belinda Morrison
- Brad Hennessy
- Brett Dean
- Clare Gormley
- Daniel Baker
- David Elton
- David Pickvance
- Dr Octopus
- Jason Barry-Smith
- Jeffery Black
- Jeremy Watt
- Jim (Chin-Cheng) Lin
- Joanna Cole
- Julian Schweitzer
- Kate Miller-Heidke
- Katie Noonan
- Kristy London
- Lance Coburn
- Liam Viney
- Lisa Gasteen
- Mark McDuff
- Mark Connolly
- Melissa Forbes
- Paul Lin and Kay Liao
- Paul McMahon
- Piers Lane
- Rosario la Spina
- Simon Kenway
- Sirens of Song
- Sonia Croucher
- The Ten Tenors
- Warwick Adeney
Andrew Collis has performed with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, West Australian Opera and Victoria State Opera. He was a member of Germany's Cologne Opera from 1993 to 2003, beginning in their Opera Studio and later becoming a soloist in the Company's ensemble. Andrew's other international engagements include: performances with opera companies in Berlin, Frankfurt, Essen, Mannheim and Düsseldorf; concerts with distinguished conductor James Conlon and the Cologne Philharmonic (most notably in the award-winning recording of Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg for EMI); appearances at the Hong Kong Festival (in Tosca and Un ballo in maschera); the role of Sarastro in the Lyric Opera of Singapore's production of The Magic Flute; a performance of the St John Passion in the Canary Islands; and an appearance at the Vienna Festival in the Cologne Opera's acclaimed production of Luigi Nono's Intolleranza . In 2005, Andrew performed Figaro in Opera Queensland’s production of The Marriage of Figaro.
Popular Music graduate Belinda Morrison took out first place in the 2004 Australian National Songwriting Competition. The award-winning song Psalm was written as part of her Bachelor of Popular Music curriculum work.
Popular music graduate Brad Hennessy founded and worked as the General Manager of Elston Records. Elston Records was a non-profit test organisation set up in allegiance with the Gold Coast Music Industry Association, Queensland Government and Career Employment Australia to foster the culture of the Gold Coast music scene.
Brad returned to the Conservatorium in 2005, and is currently undertaking his Honours year in Popular Music. In addition to his study, Brad is now working for Excalibur Productions and Multiplay Music. Both Excalibur and Multiplay are international organizations and have been involved in producing, recording, publishing and launching some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry including Savage Garden, Kelly Rowland and The Veronicas.
Brett Dean graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 1982 as Student of the Year. After four seasons as principal viola of the Queensland Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestras, Dean travelled to Germany in 1984 to further his studies, becoming a permanent member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and holding this post for 15 years before returning to Australia in February 2000.
Dean began composing in 1988 and his works now attract considerable attention throughout the world, championed by conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Markus Stenz and Daniel Harding. In 2001 he won one of Australia's most revered awards, the Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize, for Winter Songs, and in 2002/2003 was Artist in Residence with the Melbourne Symphony. Other major works include Carlo, Pastoral Symphony, Twelve Angry Men and Voices of Angels and many of his work have been recorded on labels such as ABC Classics and BIS records.
In April 2005, Brett Dean premiered his Viola Concerto in London as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra – he will also perform this work with co-commissioners Los Angeles Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony in 2006/7. Most recently, the Concertgebouw Orchestra premiered Parteitag, a specially commissioned work for the Holland Festival 2005 involving spatially disparate orchestral groupings and collaborating with video artist Cazerine Barry.
Highlights of the 2005/6 season include the world premiere by the Berlin Philharmonic of an orchestral work Komarov’s Fall in March 2006. Dean will be Composer-in-Residence at the Perth Festival, including the premiere of a major new work for orchestra and chorus (co-commissioned by the BBC), and a chamber music feature. He also gives performances of his Viola Concerto with the Hamburg Philharmonic and Estonian National Symphony and performs in a special programme with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, including conducting his own Short Stories and as soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.
Soon after graduating, soprano Clare Gormley was a member of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Young Artists Development Program, becoming the first Australian in almost thirty years to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1992. She made her professional debut in 1991 as a member of The Australian Opera’s Young Artists Programme and has since been a frequent guest artist with the company (now Opera Australia). Highlights of her international career include engagements with The Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as well as engagements with various houses in North America including Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, the Canadian Opera Company and at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, where she sang the role of Marzelline in Fidelio.
David began playing the trumpet at age nine after an unsuccessful year scraping at the strings of a violin, and at fourteen, he began studies with Paul Goodchild (Sydney Symphony). He commenced a Bachelor of Music degree at the Sydney Conservatorium in 1994 and one year later won the second trumpet position with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra. He completed his Bachelor of Music Performance (Hons) in 1997 at the Queensland Conservatorium, where he studied with Yoram Levy. Shortly thereafter, David shared first prize at the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition held in Kentucky, USA.
With the assistance of a Queen's Trust Fellowship, David attended Northwestern University in Chicago, where he studied with Charles Geyer, and completed a Master of Music degree in 1999. After graduation, he began a six-month contract as section trumpet with the Sydney Symphony. He earned a position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and performed in the orchestra's debut concert at Carnegie Hall under Daniel Barenboim the following year.
David returned to Australia in March 2000 to commence a contract with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as principal trumpet. Soon after, he began a trial with the ASO and was officially appointed to the orchestra in November 2000. He participated in the 2000 and 2001 Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Sapporo, Japan and has recently performed with both the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and as guest co-principal trumpet with the Singapore Symphony.
Daniel Baker, who completed his Honours program in composition in 2004 with a dissertation on film music, has completed a musical score for a Tropfest film project. Daniel is also currently working on a score for a documentary on the Spitfire to be screened later in the year on Channel 7.
The winners of the Sixth Johnny Dennis Music Awards were announced in mid-December 2004 at a reception at NSW Government House. Queensland Conservatorium composition graduate David Pickvance took out the $5000 Instrumental Award. David was recently offered the position of Composer-In-Residence at the BBC in London, competing against 487 UK composers. He will be relocating to the UK for one year and his first major project will be Charles Dickens' David Copperfield.
Since graduating from Queensland Conservatorium’s Bachelor of Popular Music program ska band Dr Octopus have undertaken three independent East-Coast tours, a national tour of Australia in support of The Mad Caddies (USA), plus a West-Coast tour of the USA incorporating a performance at the Ska Summit festival in Las Vegas. Dr Octopus has shared the stage with international acts such as Reel Big Fish, Lagwagon, Pilot to Gunner and Snuff, as well as Australian bands such as The Porkers, Area 7, The Louisville Sluggers, Day of Contempt, Antiskeptic and The Butterfly Effect. Dr Octopus also performed at the 2004 Big Day Out on the Gold Coast.
Their last two independent EP’s, Now Showing (2003) and Monaco Street Crime Syndicate (2004) have made consistent appearances in the AIR charts, with spot rotation on national radio station Triple J. The albums reached number one on local radio station 4zzz’s request chart, as well as national video play on Rage, Channel V, and SYN TV. Dr Octopus has also made a recent appearance on Channel 9’s youth program ‘Hot Source’.
Since graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium 1991, where he studied with Janet Delpratt and Joseph Ward, Jason Barry-Smith has established a reputation as one of Australia's most sought after singers. He has also studied at the Musikhockschule in Munich with Professor Hanno Blaschke during 1989-90, in London with Janice Chapman in 1999 and in Rome with Margaret Baker-Genovesi in 2002 . In 1991 he was awarded the Queensland Conservatorium Medal for Excellence, in 1992 won the Marianne Mathy Scholarship in the Australian Singing Competition, and in 2001 he won Opera Foundation Australia's Italian Opera Award. His experience to date also embraces concerts, opera and music theatre. As a concert soloist he has performed Faure's Requiem (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), Haydn's Paukenmesse (Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra), Bach's St John Passion (Brisbane Chorale), Butterley's Lawrence Hargrave Flying Alone (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), Bach's St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Purcell's Ode to St Cecilia's Day and Handel's Messiah (Bach Society of Queensland), The Hoffnung Concert, Bernstein on Broadway and The Lord Mayor's Gala Concert 2000 (Queensland Symphony Orchestra), Glorious Vienna, the music of Franz Lehar in the Melbourne Concert Hall with stars of Opera Australia, the Pops Concert at the 4MBS Festival 2000, Tunes Tender and Triumphant, the return season of Scotland the Brave in the Melbourne Concert Hall, and The Celts are Coming with the Queensland Pops Orchestra. In 2001 Jason was a soloist in the world premiere of Richard Mills' new work, Symphonic Poems, with The Queensland Orchestra for the Centenary of Federation Celebrations.
Jason's versatility is also reflected in the wide range of roles he has undertaken in both opera and musical theatre. While still studying at the Queensland Conservatorium, Jason performed the title role in the Australian premiere of Billy Budd. Other roles include Enjolras in Les Miserables (Wellington Operatic), Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance (Essgee Productions), Morales in Carmen (Opera Queensland), the title role of Don Giovanni, for which he won a National Opera Award (Opera Queensland), the Boatswain in HMS Pinafore (Essgee Melodies), Dr Falke in Fledermaus (Opera Queensland), Danilo in The Merry Widow (Essgee Melodies), Kiss Me, Kate! (1998 ENERGEX Brisbane Festival), Escamillo in Carmen (Opera 21, Belfast); and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, the title role of The Barber of Seville, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte, and Papageno in The Magic Flute for Opera Queensland, Marullo in Rigoletto (OzOpera), and Mathieu in Andrea Chenier (State Opera of South Australia). He also made his directorial debut at the 2001 4MBS Festival with Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in which he also sang the role of Aeneas. His direction of this production won him the coveted Perform 4MBS Award for Opera Production.
Jeffrey Black (baritone) made his operatic debut in 1984 as a principal artist of The Australian Opera. He made his UK debut in 1986 at the Glyndebourne Festival, and has since appeared internationally with many leading opera companies including The Metropolitan Opera New York, The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Los Angeles Opera, Netherlands Opera, the Opera Bastille Paris, Geneva Opera, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, New Israeli Opera, Washington Opera, Vlaamse Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, at the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires as well as the festivals of Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence.
Recent performances have included appearances with Opera Australia as Count in Le nozze di Figaro, the title role in Don Giovanni, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Danilo in a new production of The Merry Widow, Carmina Burana with The Queensland Choir, Haydn's Creation and Messiah with Christchurch City Choir, and Escamillio in Carmen for Opera Queensland.
Jeremy Watt, a 1999 Honours graduate on double bass, is now living in London. He has been working with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on recent tours of Germany, Slovenia, Spain and the Netherlands, as well as the UK. Jeremy is on trial as Sub-Principal Double Bass and says his time with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra gave him the experience and confidence to work at the highest level.
Jim (Chin-Cheng) Lin
Percussionist Jim (Chin-Cheng) Lin, who studied at the Conservatorium during 2003, won third prize at the 2004 International Marimba Competition in Belgium. Jim, who also took out the Young Talent Prize, was up against close to 100 other competitors, from 30 different countries.
After graduating from Queensland Conservatorium, Joanna Cole continued her operatic study in Italy and Germany. She has represented Australia in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was a finalist at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in New York. Joanna Cole is in great demand in Australia and New Zealand and has also appeared in the UK. In 1996 her spectacular performance in the role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with The Australian Opera, when she stepped into the role at two hours' notice, led to further performances and the invitation to sing the role in Perth with the West Australian Opera Company. In February 2000 she sung Mimi in La Bohème for the Spier Festival, Cape Province, South Africa and appeared at the Adelaide Festival with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Julian Schweitzer was a third place winner at the Ultimate Drummers Weekend – Open Age Section, 2004.
In 2004 Kate was selected to become a member of Opera Queensland's Developing Artist Program. Her performance credits for Opera Queensland include understudying the roles of Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Norina in Don Pasquale. In 2005 Kate made her solo debut as Flora in the Turn of the Screw as well as taking out the ‘Best Performance in an Australian Contemporary Concert’ award for her role in Women in Voice 14 at the 5th Annual Helpmann Awards. In 2006 she will perform in Opera Australia's production of The Pirates of Penzance. Kate also writes and performs original music, with her debut single Space they cannot touch receiving regular rotation on national radio stations Triple J and ABC Radio National. For the latest news on Kate’s achievements visit www.katemillerheidke.com
Queensland Conservatorium Jazz and Opera graduate, Katie Noonan won the 2005 ARIA for best Jazz Album. The album, Time Could Change U was a collaboration between Katie, leading Australian composer Paul Grabowsky and poet Dorothy Porte.
Katie is also the lead singer of contemporary band george, whose first album Polyserena rocketed to the number one position on the national ARIA charts in its first week, becoming only the 10th Australian band to do so with a debut album. Within 10 days Polyserena had been certified Gold (35,000 copies) and was still selling strongly. Three weeks later, the album had gone platinum (70,000 copies). Siblings Katie and Tyrone Noonan form the nucleus of george, sharing vocal and keyboard duties, as well as the principal song writing credits. For more information visit www.george.net.au
Katie and Nick from george also joined with another Jazz Area graduate, Isaac Hurren, to form elixir. For more information visit www.sweetelixir.net
In her career to date, Bachelor of Popular Music graduate Kristy London has supported the likes of The Beautiful Girls, Pete Murray, Missy Higgins and Marcia Hines. Kristy has also featured on radio across Australia, particularly in Sydney, Cairns and on the Gold Coast. After recently completing her own video clip, she is now often seen on national television and music shows.
Winner of the first Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in 1999, Lance Coburn has recently been appointed lecturer in Piano at the Royal Irish Academy (Dublin).
After graduating from Queensland Conservatorium in 1994 with a Graduate Diploma, Leanne went on to win the National Vocal Section in the 1995 ABC Young Performers' Awards. In 1999, she received Opera Foundation Australia's German Operatic Award and won the Glyndebourne Festival Prize and the Sir Frank Tait Australian Singing Competition. Leanne has performed in many roles for Opera Australia, including Pamina in The Magic Flute, Liette in Roméo et Juliette, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Giulia in La scala di seta, Léïla in The Pearlfishers and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. Leanne has also performed for the Cologne Opera, Western Australian Opera, Opera Queensland and the State Opera of South Australia.
Liam Viney, winner of the 2001 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, has been appointed as Artist in Residence at CalArts Los Angeles.
After graduating from Queensland Conservatorium, Lisa Gasteen made her operatic debut in 1985 with the Lyric Opera of Queensland (now Opera Queensland). Since then she has been a regular guest artist with The Australian Opera (now Opera Australia). After winning the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Lisa Gasteen was invited to sing Donna Anna in Prague with Sir Charles Mackerras followed by her British debut in 1992 as Leonora in Scottish Opera's new production of Il trovatore. Since that time, she has performed frequently in Europe and the United States with companies including the Welsh National Opera, Deutsche Oper/Berlin, Staatsoper/Berlin, Scottish Opera and with the opera companies of Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Zurich, Dallas and Washington. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in 1997 as Aida. 2005 engagements include Brünnhilde in the Ring Cycle for the Vienna Staatsoper (making her house debut) and for the Royal Opera House in the company's new production under Antonio Pappano.
Queensland Conservatorium graduate, Mark McDuff, has produced work ranging from composition for film and documentaries, to song writing and album production, through to music for advertising. Mark has worked in Sydney, Los Angeles, Nashville and Brisbane and has been privileged to work with some great Australian talent, including Marc Hunter, Graeme Connors, Mark Moffat, Mark Calahagn, Noni Hazelhurst, Aneiki and The Vita Beats, to name a few. Mark has simultaneously pursued his creative interests in song writing and production, and in documentary and film work, most notably working with The Best Picture Show Company as composer for the "Crocodile Hunter" documentary series and the 2002 MGM release of "Crocodile Hunter - Collision Course".
Since graduating, Matt Connolly has worked on film, television, DVDs, commercials, music recordings and computer games, receiving a Sunnie Award for Best Engineer in 2001. His knowledge of computer-based recording systems and his post production skills have seen Matt performing ADR/Dialogue recording, sound effects design and editing, music tracking, and surround sound mixing on projects such as: Big Brother 05, Peter Pan, Scooby Doo, Scooby Doo 2, and Inspector Gadget 2. He has also engineered for many high profile actors, including Joseph Fiennes, Benjamin Bratt, Freddie Prinze Jnr., Sigrid Thornton and Bill Hunter.
Conservatorium medalist Melissa Forbes launched her first CD, No More Mondays, to a full house at the Visy Theatre, Powerhouse earlier this year. Her CD contains eight original compositions in Melissa's unique jazz/rhythm and blues style. Her band, Moveable Feast, includes jazz lecturer Stephen Newcomb and Conservatorium graduate Dave McGuire. Melissa also recently appeared on a live ABC Brisbane 612 broadcast, performing selections from her recently launched CD.
The jazz group Misinterprotato, consisting of Conservatorium graduates Sean Foran (piano), James O'Brien (bass) and John Parker (drums), performed at the Judith Wright Centre earlier this year. The performance was recorded, with assistance from an Australia Council Buzz Grant, and was released as a CD in April. This was the group's second CD of original material. The first, And now for the free, was well received throughout the Australian jazz community. Misinterpretato also represented Queensland at the World Expo in Aichi, in April this year. Also appearing at the Australian pavilion was Conservatorium medalist Melissa Forbes (please read below). For more information visit http://www.misinterprotato.com/.
Noosphere contributed original music to a worldwide Pepsi Extreme Sports program.
Paul Lin and Kay Liao
Paul Lin and Kay Liao performed at the Luxemborg Percussion Quartet Competition in January 2005 and successfully qualified for the second round.
Singer Paul McMahon, who undertook a Graduate Diploma at the Conservatorium in the early 1990s, has been appointed to the vocal staff of Newcastle Conservatorium. Since leaving Queensland several years ago Paul has been a core member of the professional ensemble The Song Company and also appeared as a soloist in oratorio and in concert. In 2005, he appeared with Sydney Philharmonia in their special Bach series and sung Messiah for The Queensland Orchestra.
Piers Lane, Conservatorium graduate and international concert pianist, is a professor at London’s Royal Academy of Music.
Rosario la Spina
Tenor Rosario la Spina is making an exciting impact on the world operatic stage. In 2002, Rosario won first prize in the Mario Del Monaco International Opera Competition and made his principal role debut at La Scala as Riccardo in Verdi's Oberto, reprising the role in Genova. In 2004, Rosario sang The Duke in Rigoletto for New Zealand Opera, Cavaradossi (Tosca) under Richard Hickox at the Endellion Festival, Canio (Pagliacci) with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan and toured Spain in concert with the Parma Ensemble.
In 2005, he sings Cavaradossi, Rodolfo and The Prince (Love for Three Oranges) for Opera Australia, Alfredo for West Australian Opera and Verdi’s Requiem in Melbourne and Sydney and Pinketon, Japan.
Not long after graduating Scott Kinmont was appointment to the Sydney Symphony and now holds the position of Associate Principal Trombone. Scott has achieved the unusual distinction of winning international solo competitions on both trombone and euphonium - in 1993 he won the United Musical Instruments International trombone solo competition held in the US, and in 1999 was the winner of the International Tubamania solo euphonium competition held in Australia.
Scott was the recipient of the Fulbright Award for the Visual and Performing Arts in 2002 and used this to complete a Masters of Music and appear as guest lecturer in euphonium at the prestigious Northwestern University in Chicago. In addition to his orchestral commitments, Scott is currently Lecturer in Trombone Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Scott has appeared as a soloist with a variety of ensembles including brass bands, jazz ensembles and orchestras. He has also appeared as a guest artist at many of Australia's leading musical institutions and at many of this country's most important brass symposiums. Scott has collaborated with young Australian composers and has premiered several pieces written for him including a euphonium concerto by Peter Keller premiered in Chicago, USA in 2003. Scott has also been a member of many of Australia's leading ensembles, including the Canberra Trombone Quartet who finished second at the International Brass Ensemble Competition held in the US in 1993. He is currently Associate Principal Trombone with the Sydney Symphony.
After graduating from Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of music Degree (Piano) and a Post-Graduate Diploma (Opera), Simon continued post-graduate studies at the Royal College of Music, London and in Europe with Norman Del Mar, Gennady, Rozhdestvensky, Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle and James Lockhardt. Simon is now an established and highly respected orchestral and operatic conductor. He continues his long association with Opera Australia as a Guest Artist and has conducted performances of Madama Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, and The Magic Flute. Simon also composes and arranges scores for plays and incidental music. Recent work includes The Rivers of China by Alma de Groen for Australian director Jenny Lang Peach. Simon was Musical Director for the first working draft of Baz Luhmann’s acclaimed movie, Moulin Rouge. He also trained as a vocal coach with the leading repetiteurs from Covent Garden, English National Opera and Paris Opera. In 2004, Simon conducted La Traviata and The Mikado, both for Opera Australia.
Sirens of Song
Queensland Conservatorium graduates Tarita Botsman and Lisa Lockland have found success after forming the Sirens of Song. Inspired by The Ten Tenors (also Queensland Conservatorium graduates), the divas were featured on Mornings with Kerri-Anne (Channel 9) where they sang O Mio Bambino Caro to launch their CD single. Sirens of Song will launch their full CD in 2005.
Sonia is currently Principal Piccolo player with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Ten Tenors
Internationally acclaimed, The Ten Tenors formed at Queensland Conservatorium in 1995 while undertaking opera studies. They created and performed their first full-length show in 1998, while still full time students, and were undertaking an intensive touring schedule in Australia before the completion of that academic year. In 2002, The Ten Tenors leapt to international attention as the surprise guest artists at the Eurovision Grand Prix where the group's medley of the finalists' songs was lauded by the press as being the highlight of the evening. Extensive and completely sold-out touring of Germany, Austria and Switzerland followed. The Ten Tenors have also toured extensively in the USA and Asia and have just completed a successful tour of Australia. The Ten Tenors' discography includes albums Tenorissimo, Untied, Not so Silent Night, Colours, One is Not Enough, Larger than Life and their latest release Tenology, which has just reached Gold status.
Transport formed in 2002 while the members were completing their Bachelor of Popular Music degrees at the Conservatorium’s Gold Coast campus. In 2003 the band won the National Campus Bands Competition, joining the ranks of past winners such as Jebediah, Eskimo Joe and george. The competition helped them finance their debut independent CD Safe No Rebounds in 2004. The single from the E.P. received rotation on national radio station Triple J and airplay on numerous smaller radio stations around the country. Transport's latest release is self-titled five-track E.P. distributed through Australia's largest independent label, Shock records. Transport also performs as the backing band for Kate Miller-Heidke (see above).
Currently holds the position of Concert Master at the Queensland Orchestra.