Roy Theaker studied conducting and violin at the ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC and KINGS COLLEGE, London, and is also a graduate of the VIENNA CONSERVATOIRE OF MUSIC, of the YEHUDI MENUHIN SCHOOL and CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL CHOIR SCHOOL. In 2014, he was awarded the honorary title of Associate by the ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC, in recognition of his services to the music industry.
He currently holds the position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the STONNINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in Melbourne.
His conducting engagements include a long association with the ORQUESTRA DO ALGARVE in Portugal and guest conducting appearances with the ORCHESTRA JOVEN ANDALUCIA and ORQUESTRA MANUEL DE FALLA in Spain, the MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and, through SYMPHONY AUSTRALIA’s conductor development program, he has conducted the TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and the AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA. Other appearances include regular engagements with Melbourne-based ORCHESTRA 21 and the orchestras of the VICTORIAN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS and the MELBOURNE CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC which included conducting the 2011 DORCAS McCLEAN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION.
As a conductor and music director of music theatre, his engagements include conducting the premiere London West End season, from 1999 to 2002, of WALT DISNEY’s THE LION KING. He also conducted the premiere Melbourne season of the same production.
His collaborations with leading commercial artists include Marvin Hamlisch, Ella Hooper, Dave Graney and Rebecca Barnard.
He has conducted recordings for DUBLIN BRASS and an all Mozart recording, as soloist and conductor, with the ORQUESTRA DO ALGARVE.
He is the newly appointed conductor of the MELBOURNE GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL ORCHESTRA where he also holds the position of String Specialist. As an experienced conductor of young player ensembles he has been engaged by MELBOURNE YOUTH MUSIC working with the MELBOURNE YOUTH ORCHESTRA, by the AUSTRALIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA, runs an emerging artists’ program as part of his activities at the CITY OF STONNINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and, from 2008 to 2012, was Artistic Advisor and conductor for orchestral projects at the UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE.
Roy Theaker also enjoys an international career as a violinist, having given solo performances with the ORQUESTRA DO ALGARVE, the MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, the UKRAINIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA, the BULGARIAN RADIO ORCHESTRA and in such venues as SUNTORY HALL in Tokyo, at London’s SOUTH BANK venues and ST. JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE with such leading conductors as Sir Colin Davis.
As a guest concert master he has led the Sydney, Melbourne and West Australian symphony orchestras, ORCHESTRA VICTORIA, the HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC, the SINGAPORE SYMPHONY, the SWEDISH RADIO SYMPHONY, the TRONDHEIM SINFONIE, REAL SINFONICA SEVILLE, the TENERIFE SYMPHONY, the METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA LISBON, enjoyed an association over many years with the ORQUESTRA DO ALGARVE and toured and recorded as a member of the ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS. Other orchestral playing engagements include associations with the PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA, the LONDON PHILHARMONIC, the LONDON CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, the BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY, NORTHERN SINFONIA, BBC WELSH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA and with the LONDON SINFONIETTA.
He is also a highly regarded chamber music artist having appeared as a guest with the renowned BRODSKY STRING QUARTET, has appeared regularly at Stephen Isserlis’ PRUSSIA COVE INTERNATIONAL MUSICIANS SEMINAR and has been a regular performer in the MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHAMBER PLAYERS series and with ENSEMBLE LIAISON.
Roy Theaker has been recorded as soloist in Prokofiev’s VIOLIN CONCERTO IN G MINOR and in the world premiere recording of Arnaoudov’s CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN, STRINGS & PERCUSSION with the BULGARIAN RADIO ORCHESTRA and in pop and commercial recordings with such groups as RADIOHEAD and GROOVE ARMADA.
2017 includes three engagements by MONASH UNIVERSITY to conduct the MONASH ACADEMY ORCHESTRA.
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