Award Recipient - 2001 Hands

MATTHEW COOREY

Born in 1973, Matthew Coorey began music studies aged ten. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium in French Horn, he has held positions with the Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Matthew Coorey has also performed with ensembles including the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Brandenburg Orchestra.

Moving steadily towards conducting since 1997, he has directed concerts which have included the Australian premiere of Penderecki’s Capriccio for Oboe and 11 strings and the world premiere of Birrung by Georges Lentz.

During 1999 Matthew Coorey was a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival in the US, working with conductors and André Previn and Seiji Ozawa. He also participated in the Symphony Australia Conductors Mastercourse.

In past years he has participated in several international masterclasses under the direction of Jorma Panula (Helsinki, Moscow) and in 2000 he attended the Kirill Kondrashin Master Course in Holland. There he made his European debut, conducting the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra.

In 2001, Matthew Coorey conducted the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and released his first commercial CD with Ensemble 24, directing works by Georges Lentz.

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