Artistic Advisory Panel (Large ensembles and orchestral)

Mr David Pereira (School of Music, ANU)

Ms Rosamund Plummer (Sydney Symphony Orchestra)

Ms Julie Simonds (Manager, Music Program, Conservatorium High)

Dr Paul Terracini (Chair)

Mr Jeff Willey (Head Teacher Music, Conservatorium High)


David Pereira


David Pereira is Senior Lecturer in cello at the School of Music, Australian National University, Canberra. He studied with John Painter at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music from 1972-75 and with Fritz Magg at Indiana University where he completed a master’s degree in cello performance (1987-79).

For eleven years David was a member of the Australia Ensemble; Principal Cellist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for seven years; and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for three years.  He has also played with Flederman ensemble, the Seymour Group, the String Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic, Felix Ayo, the Chilingirian Quartet, Roger Woodward, Geoffrey Tozer, Ian Munro, and the Sydney String Quartet.

David has performed all the cello concertos and major concertante pieces from the standard repertoire as well as premiering concertos written for him by Australian composers such as Richard Mills, Barry Conyngham, David Lumsdaine, Larry Sitsky, Mary Finsterer and Bruce Cale. Among his many CDs, he has recorded the complete works for cello by Peter Sculthorpe and Einojuhani Rautavaara (with Ian Munro) and the complete solo cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach. He has twice won the Sounds Australian Award for the “Best Performance of an Australian Composition” (Carl Vine’s Inner World and David Lumsdaine’s Garden of Earthly Delights).

From 2008-2012 Pereira ran his own cello-focused subscription recital series emanating from the Wesley Music Centre in Canberra and reaching into nearby regional centres. In 2008 he made a series of recordings of his performances, playing a cello which forms part of the A. E. Smith quartet of musical instruments held by the National Museum of Australia. During this time he also played in solo and chamber capacities in the Arts in the Valley and the Canberra International Music Festival.


Rosamund Plummer

Rosamund-PlummerRosamund Plummer began her musical studies at the Conservatorium High School as a student of Peter Richardson and Margaret Crawford. In 1978 she was appointed Principal Piccolo and, a year later, Associate Principal Flute, with the Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra (now the State Orchestra of Victoria). During this period she spent time studying in London with Peter Lloyd (London Symphony Orchestra) and William Bennett (English Chamber Orchestra).

Following her success in the Sixth National Flute Competition (1986), she travelled to New York to perform in masterclasses with James Galway and Louis Moyse. In that year she was appointed Principal Piccolo of the Sydney Symphony. In 1999, she was awarded a scholarship by the Friends of the Sydney Symphony to study with Walfrid Kujala, Principal Piccolo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

As a founding member of the flute quartet, Tucana, Rosamund commissions and regularly performs new music by Australian composers. For many years she has been in demand as a teacher in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (BMus students and Open Academy) and as a fute and piccolo tutor for the Conservatorium High School where she also works with ensembles.

Rosamund’s published works include, Practical Studies for the Advanced Flautist, The Tucana Book of Trios and Quartets, and Piccolo: From Novice to Professional. All three titles are available through Fluteworthy Publications. In 2014, Rosamund became the first recipient of the Global Wind Artist Residency, an initiative of the Department of Medieval Japanese Studies Columbia University, New York. She spent three months in Tokyo learning to play the ryuteki and traditional Japanese flute in both traditional and modern styles. Rosamund is now expanding her love of Japanese flutes, learning to play the nohkan, and the shakuhachi – a lifetime project!

Ms Julie Simonds

Paul Terracini

 008 PAUL TERRACINI  PHOTO MICHAEL SMALL.JPGDr Paul Terracini is an Australian conductor, composer/arranger. His current position is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Penrith Symphony Orchestra.  For nearly twenty years he pursed his career in Europe during which time he held the position Solo Trumpet in the Danish Chamber Players.  In Australia, he has been Principal Trumpet in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (1975-1979) and Lecturer in Trumpet, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble and Big Band at the QLD Conservatorium of Music (1982-1988)

For some year, the main focus of his work has been composing. His music has been performed by distinguished international orchestras (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, Prague Symphony Orchestra) and by Australia’s leading orchestras, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Brass, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

As a trumpet soloist, Terracini has performed in Europe, USA, England and Asia. In Australia, he has appeared as trumpet soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, QLD Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.  For sixteen years he was Chairman of the Storstrøms Symphony Orchestra, in Denmark. As a member of the Danish Chamber Players, he performed all over Eastern and Western Europe, South America, and Asia.

Paul has conducted the Prague Symphony Orchestra on ten CDs. He has conducted at the Rossini Festival (Germany) and worked as an opera and orchestral conductor in Denmark and Italy. For the last fifteen years he has written and conducted a great deal of music for film and television, which is now heard throughout the world. In 2010, he composed two works for the International Trumpet Guild Conference and conducted one of the Gala Concerts. Also in 2010, he was guest composer/conductor at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass. In 2011, he has been guest composer/conductor at Northwestern University in Chicago and has conducted a new CD of music for clarinet and strings with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, for which he wrote all the arrangements. His Mass, for liturgical use, was first performed in Sydney, in September 2011. One of his works for large brass ensemble, Gegensätze, received its world premiere with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, in December 2011.

Paul Terracini’s recent works include pieces for trumpet and piano, tuba and piano, euphonium, strings and harp, and a major three movement work for brass ensemble titled Winmalee Mourning, to be premiered at the Sydney International Brass Festival in July 2014. Also in July 2014, he will be guest composer/conductor in Porto, Portugal. In August 2014, he was guest conductor for the Heads of Independent Co-Educational  Schools Music Festival, in Sydney. His CD, Paul Terracini Music For Brass, on which he conducted his own works with Sydney Brass, was released in 2015 by Tall Poppies. Also in 2015, he was commissioned to write a new work in for symphony orchestra, choir, children’s choir and soloists, for the 25th anniversary of the Joan Sutherland Centre for the Performing Arts, in Penrith, Sydney. His latest work, Hymn and Fugue for four trombones, commissioned by the Danish Trombone Quartet, was published by Kookaburra Music in 2016. In April 2016 Paul Terracini’s “Fantasia on Medieval Fragments” for euphonium, harp, and strings, was chosen as a finalist in the International Tuba and Euphonium Association’s Harvey Phillips Competition for new works for euphonium and tuba in chamber music.

Paul’s music is published by Kookaburra Music: