Romantic Encounters – 24th April 2016

Warwick Potter conducts “Romantic Encounters”

Warwick Potter is one of Australia’s leading portfolio conductors equally at home conducting a professional ensemble as he is a youth orchestra. He is the Conductor of the University of Queensland (UQ) Symphony Orchestra and Director of the UQ Wind Ensemble. Recently appointed to a full-time position at UQ, his other UQ roles and responsibilities include being Coordinator of Winds, Director of Large Ensembles, Convenor of Friends of UQ Music and being a member of the Research Committee. Furthermore, he lectures in instrumental conducting, bassoon performance, chamber music, and woodwind performance classes.

Professionally, he has conducted the Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Queensland (QSO), Tasmanian, West Australian Symphony Orchestras (WASO) and Camerata of St. John’s across a range of orchestral portfolios. In the youth ensemble sector, he has conducted the Queensland Youth Symphony (including The Planets at the express invitation of John Curro), Young Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra (Brisbane), MOST Symphony Orchestra (Education Queensland) and the Great Public Schools Symphony Orchestra since his move to Brisbane in 2010. He has commissioned multiple world premieres from Brisbane-based composers in recent years.

Warwick was responsible for the technical part of the Australian Music Examinations Board’s (AMEB) bassoon syllabus released in 2011. He has extensively examined for the AMEB and adjudicated for multiple eisteddfods in Queensland as well as for Education Queensland’s Fanfare program in 2014. As a bassoonist, he has played for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, QSO and WASO within Australia, the latter two orchestras as Guest Principal.

A former recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award, Warwick successfully completed a PhD in Music Performance (conducting) at UQ in 2015. Future concerts include conducting the UQ Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast at QPAC on May 29. Warwick returns to NRSO following his successful debut in 2014.