Sue Collins has appeared numerous times in the ABC's Sunday Live series. She has recorded many times for radio, and has performed as soloist and recitalist throughout Australia, the USA and Europe. She has recorded Raymond Hanson Violin Music (Tall Poppies) with David Miller, having completed reconstructive editions of the Hanson works, published by Reed Music. "...Susan plays these extraordinary scores with a remarkable sureness of touch, following even the most unexpected shifts in phrasing and expressive direction with micro-fine precision. Her warm, rich sound works wonders in bringing this music alive, enhanced by a generous, medium-paced vibrato and sensitivity to dynamic shading"... Julian Haylock, The Strad, May 2009.
Susan was appointed Deputy Concertmaster of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra at age 24. Since that time she has accepted engagements as Guest Concertmaster with many orchestras around Australia. In 2003 Susan was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal. Susan is currently Head of Strings and Orchestral Music at the University of Tasmania.
Johannes Fritzsch was appointed Conductor Laureate of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in November 2014, after his seven year tenure as their Chief Conductor. Since 2018 Johannes has held the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
From 2006 – 2013 he was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Oper Graz, Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester (Austria). Prior to his appointment in Graz, Johannes held the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Director of the Staatsoper Nürnberg.
From 1993 until 1999, he was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Städtische Bühnen and the Philharmonic Orchestra in Freiburg.
Johannes was born in 1960 in Meissen, near Dresden, Germany, where he completed his musical education. He has conducted many great orchestras, both within Germany and internationally. He regularly conducts orchestras in Australia and New Zealand as well as conducting productions for Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, West Australian Opera and South Australian Opera. In June 2019 Johannes joined the Queenslan Conservatorium as Professor of Opera and Orchestral Studies. Over the past twenty years Johannes has given many Master classes for the German conductor training and development organisation, Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrates. Similarly, he was active and enthusiastic in the training of conducting participants selected to take part in Australia’s Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program. In 2017 the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra invited him to design and lead the newly founded Australian Conducting Academy.
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