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Interview – Brett Dean

  • by Justine Bashford
  • Source: Published by Symphony Services
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The composer of tonight's opening number, 12 Angry Men, is a musician with many strings to his bow, as Symphony Australia's JUSTINE BASHFORD discovers.

JB: You're a viola player and you previously played with the Berlin Philharmonic. How did you come to play with such a prestigious orchestra?
BD: Well, I'd studied in Queensland, and finished a Bachelor of Music degree, and went overseas then with the assistance of an Australia Council grant to study in Berlin. I'd met a teacher I wanted to study with, Wolfram Christ. He took me into his class. I studied there for three semesters and he suggested trying out for a job in the orchestra and I thought, 'Well, I haven't got anything to lose,' and that's how I found myself in the ranks of the viola section of the Berlin Philharmonic.

When did you decide to start composing as well as playing?
After about four ...


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