Adrian Head (Le Grande Fromage)
Adrian Head MMus, BMus
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 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. In 2017 he was also 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. He currently lives in Brisbane, & plans to continue his conducting experiences both locally & internationally.
You can find out even more about Adrian on his website.