Award Recipient - 2007 Hands

Dane Lam

Winner of the Brian Stacey Memorial Award 2007 (for emerging Australian Conductors) as part of the Helpmann Awards.

Dane Lam is one of the leading graduates of Symphony Services Australia's Conductor Development Program. Through this program he has conducted the symphony orchestras of Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and Adelaide, The Queensland Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He has studied with a range of eminent conductors including Jorma Panula, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Johannes Fritzsch, Arvo Volmer and Werner Andreas Albert and has enjoyed a close working relationship with Christopher Seaman. Dane Lam has received engagements with the Sydney Symphony as part of their 2004 Regional Tour as well as with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2006 Symphony Services Australia Young Performers Awards.

From 2003 - 2005 he was assistant to Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti, Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony. This involved periods of study in Sydney and Melbourne and several performance opportunities. One of these opportunities involved sharing conducting duties with Maestro Gelmetti in the Sydney Symphony 2004 Regional Tour and also making a guest appearance with the orchestra in the Sydney Opera House. Lam's musical assistantship also comprised three summers of intensive study at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena, Italy. In Siena, Lam conducted the Festival Orchestra of Sofia and the Camerata Strumentale di Prato.

Dane Lam has been awarded numerous prizes and grants including the Boris Christoff Scholarship, Pellegrino Scholarship, Symphony Australia Podium Scholarship and the Dalley-Scarlett Memorial Scholarship. He has been a beneficiary of the Stuart Challender Trust, the Australia Council and the Australia Business Arts Foundation. He has been featured in publications including the Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Limelight Magazine and the Courier Mail.

In 2006, Dane Lam completed his conducting studies at the University of Queensland with Gwyn Roberts, attaining the Bachelor of Music (Honours Class I.) After a highly competitive audition process he was recently offered places for postgraduate study at the Juilliard School, New York and the Royal Academy of Music, London. He will begin studies for the Master of Music (Conducting) at Juilliard under Maestro James DePreist in September 2007.

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