I’m a Perth-dwelling, food-loving musician. Thanks for stopping by.
My first musical memories of playing music were the recorder in Auckland, New Zealand. I switched to clarinet when I was 9 simply because my uncle played one and my Dutch grandfather adored classical music. Dad also had an eclectic music collection and a great sound system so from an early age I heard everything from Mozart and Bach to Miles Davis and Pink Floyd. I also have strong memories of Nana singing Lehar’s Merry Widow waltz to me as an infant. When we play that piece in the orchestra I always think of her! Thanks Nana!
Music is such a powerful medium and has the capacity to change peoples’ lives. If I was to play anyone a piece to convince them of this, I think it’d have to be Beethoven’s 9th where the chorus enters for the first time with the words Oh friends! Not these sounds! But let us strike up more pleasant sounds and more joyful.
Jazz, with its equivalent classical chamber music is like an intimate conversation where the performers need to know when to listen and when to be heard. It’s one of the ultimate forms of music making.
I try to attend live shows whenever the schedule permits. You might say the Ellington Jazz Club has recently become my second home after the Perth Concert Hall. After most WASO concerts, you’ll know where to find me!
The WA Symphony Orchestra is an incredible place to work and I count my blessings every day. I hope WASO can continue to inspire and move people in an ever-changing world, bringing Perth audiences the major works by leading exponents of the western classical music tradition. At the same time, it’s important for us to continue to search for new ways to be relevant and pass the baton of this great tradition to the next generation.