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Wilfred Lehmann : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Polish variations : for violin and piano by Wilfred Lehmann, from the CD Spirit dances

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Wilfred Lehmann, one of Australia's most versatile musicians, is an internationally acclaimed violinist, conductor and composer.

After his solo debut in London in 1952, he gave recitals throughout England, appeared frequently for BBC radio and television, and became a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Thomas Beecham.

In 1958 he won first prize at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in London. Concerts in Europe, Japan and Australia followed, and, at the invitation of David Oistrakh, he performed throughout the USSR.

His conducting career began in Japan, where he was resident for ten years, taking the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony on tour throughout Japan. During this time he returned to Australia periodically to play and conduct for the ABC.

In 1972 he became Concertmaster and Assistant Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and has made frequent guest conducting appearances with all the ABC's orchestras. Lehmann has also recorded with the Queensland Symphony and other ABC orchestras.

From 1976 to 1979 he lived in the United States, where he was Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. He formed the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, was twice conductor in residence at the Sewannee Summer Music Festival (at Tennessee's University of the South) and participated in the Marlboro Music Festival at the invitation of Rudolf Serkin.

His compositions include film music (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), ballet music for the Queensland Ballet Company and set pieces for the Adelaide Violin Competition 1986-66 and the NSW Brass Band Championships 1988. His Bacchanals was chosen to represent Australian compositions at the Paris Rostrum of 1988.

Biography provided by the composer

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
1999 Albert H Maggs Composition Award First Prize Suite
1996 Albert H Maggs Composition Award First Prize Suite
1994 Order of Australia Medal of the Order For service to the performing arts as a violinist, composer and conductor

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Symphonic requiem for the child victims of war : for orchestra and solo violin (1994) Written For the Don Banks Fellowship
Digital sheet music sample Summer rhapsody : for cello and orchestra (1993) Commissioned by Gary Williams.
Polish variations : for violin and piano (1986) Written for the Polish Cultural Society Inc., Adelaide