Award Recipient 2010

Burhan Güner


burhangunerBurhan Güner is a young Australian conductor with talent, energy and a strong commitment to his craft and responsibilities as a conductor. He has made himself an integral part of the musical life of West Australia and is well placed to extend his conducting both within Australia and overseas.
In the development of his career to date, Burhan has displayed great dedication, determination and integrity, very much deserving of the $7000 prize he receives as the recipient of the Brian Stacey Award 2010 for emerging Australian conductors.


Burhan is an active and versatile conductor of opera, choral and orchestral ensembles. He is regularly employed as Backstage Conductor with the West Australian Opera Company and is Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He also conducts for the Western Australian Youth Music Association and from 2007-2009 he was Musical Director of the University of Western Australia Choral Society.

In 2007 Burhan was Young Artist Conductor with the West Australian Opera and was awarded a Bendat Scholarship. In 2004 he was named as Gandel Young Conductor of the Year (an initiative of Stonnington Symphony). He has served conducting internships with the Western Australian Youth Orchestra and Melbourne Youth Music and has participated in the Symphony Australia Conducting Programme. Burhan holds a Master of Music Degree in Conducting from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Music Degree (Honours) from the University of Western Australia.

Gaining this $7,000 Brian Stacey Award allowed Burhan to travel to Germany and England to undertake advanced conducting study and masterclassesHe was accepted to participate in the London Conducting Workshop in July 2010. The trip combined this with advanced conducting study with prominent German conductors Gerd Mueller-Lorenz (Lübeck), Per Borin (Stuttgart TBC) and to study the latest performance techniques in flow psychology with leading expert Andreas Burzik (Bremen). This month-long study sabbatical supplements Burhan’s postgraduate conducting studies, broadening his musical outlook and increasing his repertoire knowledge, as well as being an opportunity to network with both established and emerging conductors from around the world.