Brian Stacey Professional Development Award 2018 Christopher Dragon

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The Brian Stacey Memorial Trust is delighted to announce that Christopher Dragon has been selected to receive a Brian Stacey Professional Development Award. Christopher will receive $5,000 to continue his passionate pursuit of music-making excellence. These funds are available as a result of the huge success of the final Stacey Night celebration event on 24 October 2016.

Australian conductor Christopher Dragon is about to begin his fourth season as the Associate Conductor of the Colorado Symphony. For three years he previously held the position of Assistant Conductor with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, which gave him the opportunity to work closely with Principal Conductor Asher Fisch.

Christopher works regularly in Australia and has guest conducted for the Sydney,
Melbourne, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. His 2015 debut
performance at the Sydney Opera House with Josh Pyke and the Sydney Symphony
Orchestra was released on CD by ABC Music, with it winning an ARIA the following year.

Christopher’s international guest conducting includes the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and later this year will be conducting the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted at numerous festivals including the Breckenridge and Bangalow Music Festivals, with both resulting in immediate re-invitations. At the beginning of 2016 Mr. Dragon conducted Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony as part of the Perth International Arts Festival alongside Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Christopher Dragon began his conducting studies in 2011 and was a member of the
prestigious Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program in Australia under the guidance of course director Christopher Seaman. He has also studied with numerous distinguished conductors including Leonid Grin, Paavo and Neeme Järvi at the Järvi Summer Festival, Fabio Luisi at the Pacific Music Festival and conducting pedagogue Jorma Panula.

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