Paul Fitzsimon
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Paul Fitzsimon
Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Conductor

The 28 year old Australian conductor Paul Fitzsimon graduated from the University of Melbourne where he completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in piano performance. In 2008/09 he was the Assistant Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and was the winner of the 2008 Brian Stacey Award for emerging Australian conductors.   
From 2003 until 2008 Paul was an active participant in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program, working with Gianluigi Gelmetti, János Fürst, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christopher Seaman and others. As part of these courses he conducted performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2003, 2005 and 2007. In 2003 Paul attended the conducting classes at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, with Gianluigi Gelmetti, and was funded by the Sydney Symphony to study further with Maestro Gelmetti in 2004.
For the 2006 Melbourne International Festival Paul conducted the Australian premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Hommage a T. S. Eliot, and as part of his assistant conductorship with Melbourne Chorale in 2007 he conducted the world premieres of new works by contemporary Australian composers, broadcast on ABC FM. In 2007 and 2008 Paul conducted performances as part of the Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards Grand Final. In 2007 he conducted Purcell’s at Chapel off Chapel in Melbourne, the Australian premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s The Sealed Angel with Melbourne Chorale, and Tchaikovsky’s complete Swan Lake with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.

In 2008 Paul conducted the world premiere of Marcello Panni’s Short as part of the MSO’s Metropolis series, as well as the MSO’s inaugural performance in the new Melbourne Recital Centre. He conducted concerts with the Canberra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras and engagements in 2009 included concerts with the Sydney Symphony and Orchestra Victoria.

Paul conducted his first concerts in Germany in 2009 with the Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Wernigerode and the Berliner Symphoniker. In 2010 he made a successful debut at the Heidelberg Spring Music Festival, conducting works of Magnus Lindberg and others, as well as another performance with the Berliner Symphoniker. As well as returning to conduct at the Heidelberg Spring Music Festival, engagements in 2011 include concerts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 he will also conduct at the Baden-Baden Festival with the Hamburg Ballet, and in Austria will be musical assistant at the the Graz Oper for their new productions of Elektra and Dido and Aenaes.

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