John, the 1989 School Captain of the Conservatorium High School, received the OAM in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honour List for service to the performing arts, particularly as a musical event director and musician.
John is a well-recognised face on Australian television as musical director, event director, pianist and composer. He appears regularly as musical director for Australia’s highest profile entertainment events including Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight®, TV Week Logie Awards, and Australian Idol. He has also been the driving force behind some of the biggest international entertainment events staged in Australia.
John wrote The Flame which was performed by Tina Arena and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony. His compositions have been performed by artists ranging from Vanessa Amorosi to José Carreras. When Oprah Winfrey came to Australia, John was Musical Director for her Finalé Concert that was televised from the steps of the Sydney Opera House. He was also the Creative Director for the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Asia Pacific Special Olympics.
“I did everything I could when I was at school – I played in orchestras, sang in children’s choirs, rock bands, jazz ensembles and I would encourage any young musician to do the same.”
After completing his secondary schooling at the Conservatorium High School John continued his Conservatorium studies in the Jazz Program of the Faculty of Music, University of Sydney.