Award Recipient 2008

Paul Fitzsimon

Joint Winner 2008 Brian Stacey Award

Currently the Assistant Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Paul Fitzsimon graduated from the University of Melbourne where he completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in piano performance under Stephen McIntyre.

In 2001 and 2002 he was an assistant conductor with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and since 2003 has been an active participant in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program, working with Gianluigi Gelmetti, János Fürst, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christopher Seaman and others. As part of these courses he has conducted performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2003, 2005 and 2007.
In 2003 Paul attended the conducting classes at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, with Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti, and was funded by the Sydney Symphony to live in Sydney and study further with Maestro Gelmetti in early 2004.

In June 2006 Paul attended a master class by János Fürst at the Royal Academy of Music in London, funded by an Australia Council grant.

For the 2006 Melbourne International Festival, Paul conducted the Australian premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Hommage a T. S. Eliot, and as part of his assistant conductorship with Melbourne Chorale in 2007 he conducted the world premieres of new works by Australian composers Ian Munro and Stephen Wood, broadcast on ABC FM.

Paul conducted a performance of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger Overture with WASO as part of the 2007 Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards Grand Final and also a performance of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas at Chapel off Chapel. In December last year he conducted the Australian premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s The Sealed Angel with Melbourne Chorale.

Paul hopes to use his $3,000 Stacey Award prize to assist him in attending the Sir George Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, Germany in November this year.

jointwinners_Scammell_Fitzsimon.jpg The Brian Stacey Memorial Trust congratulate Paul Fitzsimon and Vanessa Scammell on jointly winning the 2008 Brian Stacey Award. These two talented artists fulfil the high expectation both in ability, versatility and drive this unique award demands.

The Stacey Trust is proud to be part of the Helpmann Awards and thanks Live Performance Australia for their outstanding ongoing support.