Derek Jones’ (flute) solo career includes performances with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the latter involving solo appearances in Carnegie Hall. Recital appearances include Manchester, Dublin, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Italy, and also locally for ABC Classic FM. Derek released his CD Sun Down Moon Up in 2008. His career includes positions with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.
Guest teaching appearances include Boston University, Hong Kong APA , RIAM, Dublin, the RNCM, Manchester, the Paris, Geneva and Trento Conservatoires. Derek is Head of Woodwind and Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Robert Schubert (clarinet) studied with Isobel Carter-Stockigt, Phillip Miechel, Canadian soloist James Campbell, and Larry Combs, Principal Clarinet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As Principal Clarinet with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, under Hiroyuki Iwaki, he recorded extensively with Deutsche Grammophon, Victor and Sony. His CD of Julian Yu’s music, China Wind was released in 2012 and he appeared at the Shanghai InternationalMusic Festival in 2013. Robert has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and in the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Affinis Festival Japan, the Australian International Clarinet & Saxophone Festival and in live broadcasts for ABC Classic FM.
Joel Brennan (trumpet) has performed as a soloist and orchestral musician throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Prior to starting his current position as Lecturer in Brass at Melbourne University, Joel taught at Brandon University (Canada) and served as principal trumpet of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (Japan) and Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (the Netherlands). His interest in advancing the trumpet repertoire has led to numerous projects including a Fulbright Grant (Netherlands, 2007) the establishment of the Reveille Trumpet Collective, and the formation of Melbourne-based ensemble Three with fellow Conservatorium lecturers Ken Murray and Don Immel. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University (USA).
Don Immel (trombone), Head of Orchestral Studies and Brass at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, is active internationally as a soloist, chamber, jazz and orchestral musician.
Prior to joining the Conservatorium, Don held posts as Solo/Principal Trombone with the Danish Philharmonic, and from 1999 to 2006 was Associate Professor of Trombone and Jazz Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. Don has recorded two jazz-based albums featuring his own compositions and can be heard on dozens of movie and television soundtracks.
Curt Thompson (violin) serves as Head of Strings at the Conservatorium. His varied career includes appearances on five continents as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in such prestigious venues as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Salle Gaveau and Shanghai Concert Hall. Featured in festivals in the United States, Brazil, Spain and Germany. Thompson is equally at home in orchestral settings and has appeared as Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony and many others. His debut recording of the violin sonatas by Charles Ives (Naxos) is aired worldwide and was cited in The New York Times as a “Critics’ Favourite.”
Ken Murray (guitar) has developed a singular career as a guitarist combining performance, composition, teaching and research. He has championed and recorded Spanish music from the early twentieth century, worked extensively with contemporary Australian composers and has been active as a performer of Brazilian and South American musical styles. He recently completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne, where he is Lecturer in Guitar at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. His PhD thesis is titled Spanish Music and its Representations in London (1878-1930): From the Exotic to the Modern.
Alvin Wong (cello) has performed across five continents in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center and Hong Kong Cultural Center. He was featured in music festivals such as Atlantic (USA), Intimate Creativity (Hong Kong) and Thailand International Composition Festival, and has give masterclasses around the globe. Advocate in new music, he has premiered works by Chen Yi, Norbert Palej, Stuart Greenbaum and a cello concerto by James Ogburn. He holds music degrees from Eastman, Indiana and Yale under the tutelage of Aldo Parisot and Janos Starker.
Ian Holtham’s (piano) achievements across many musical areas make him one of Australia’s major musical figures. He is Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne where he has led Australia’s most distinguished piano school for almost two decades. He has performed and taught all over the globe since the early 1970s and has an extensive repertoire from the Baroque to the present day. Professor Holtham has served five terms as Federal Chair of the Australian Music Examinations Board and is the national Chair of the Piano syllabus. Ian Holtham is a Steinway Artist and has recorded for ABC Classics, Tall Poppies and Move.
Peter Neville (percussion) is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and was appointed Head of Percussion there (now Conservatorium) in 2000. Whilst he works across the range of musical styles he has a particular commitment to new music. A long standing percussionist with the ELISION Ensemble for twentyeight years, Peter is also a member of Liminal, David Chesworth Ensemble, Raga Dolls Salon Orchestra, The Bolt Ensemble, Six Degrees Ensemble and SPEAK Percussion. He has also performed and toured in numerous musicals including the Australia/China tour of Playbox Theatre’s Cho-Cho-San, and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard III and he was Musical Director for the national tour of Tap Dogs.