Paul Dyer

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Teacher  - Musica Viva Australia

Teacher  - Sydney

Instructor In Harpsichord and Performance Practice  - Sydney

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Paul Dyer, harpsichordMusica Viva Australia - 2004 - Paul Dyer, harpsichordPaul Dyer, harpsichordPaul Dyer is one of Australia`s leading specialists in period performing styles.Paul founded the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in 1990 as a natural outcome of his long experience as a performer and teacher of Baroque and Classical music.He studied piano and harpsichord at the Sydney Conservatorium, and with Bob van Asperen at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.While in Holland he performed with many major orchestras, and undertook ensemble direction and orchestral studies with Sigiswald Kuijken and Frans Brüggen.In Australia he has had a busy career as a harpsichord soloist and continuo player, including regular engagements with the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Australia Ensemble, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Opera Australia.Paul has conducted the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra and recently the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra.Over the past two years Paul has appeared as continuo harpsichordist for Opera Australia in performances of Monteverdi`s Coronation of Poppea, Mozart`s La Clemenza di Tito and Idomeneo, conducted by Christopher Hogwood.An inspiring teacher, Paul has been in demand as an instructor in harpsichord and performance practice at leading music schools, including the Sydney and Newcastle Conservatoriums and the University of Western Australia.In 1995 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to undertake advanced studies in Baroque performance in France, England, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, and in December that year he and counter-tenor Graham Pushee were jointly awarded the ABC Classic FM Best Recording of the Year award.He also won the 24 Hours magazine Listeners` Choice Award for 1995 for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra`s recording of Handel arias and instrumental music.Soloists with whom Paul has performed include Derek Lee Ragin, Yvonne Kenny, Emma Kirkby, Brian Asawa, Catherine Bott, Howard Crook, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Hector McDonald and various instrumentalists from the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.

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