Brian’s undergraduate clarinet study at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide was shared between David Shephard and Gregory Blackman. Following a year in the World Expo 88 Marching Band in Brisbane Brian completed a graduate diploma at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Floyd Williams. Further postgraduate study was undertaken with Reinier Hogerheijde in Holland, where he performed in contemporary music festivals, with chamber ensembles and as a recitalist.
In 1993 Brian took up the position of 2nd clarinet with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and since 2002 has been Acting Associate Principal Clarinet. Brian has performed as soloist with the QSO in Crusell’s Concerto in Fminor op.5, Spohr’s Concerto in Cminor op.26, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and the Strauss Duo Concertino.
Brian has performed with The Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian and Queensland Pops Orchestras and the Southern Cross Soloists. Musical theatre performances include ‘Les Miserables’, ‘The King and I’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’. He has also performed and recorded with Elision Ensemble, the Queensland Wind Soloists and Topology and performed at the Townsville Chamber Music Festival. In 1997 he performed at the Australasian Clarinet Conference held in Brisbane. His performances have been broadcast nationally on ABC classic FM and locally on 4MBS FM. Brian is also an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board.
Brian enjoys passing on his musical knowledge and has taught at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (1994 – 2017), the University of Queensland and regularly works as a tutor and adjudicator for the Queensland Youth Orchestra and the Queensland Department of Education. As coordinator and Industry Liaison Officer for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Industry Internship program for over two decades Brian aided many young musicians transition to the profession.
Brian completed a Master of Music in 2002 and is currently working towards a DMA focusing on Australian music for clarinet and piano.