Meet The Orchestra

Christopher van Tuinen

Christopher graduated with a B.Mus from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001. In 2005 he completed a Masters in Conducting at the VCA. Experienced in both vocal and instrumental music he was awarded the John Williams Conducting Scholarship for 2004-5. He also holds a B.A. from the University of Queensland, an LLB from Q.U.T. and an A.Mus.A from the AMEB

He is currently the Conductor of UWACS and a musical director of Fremantle Chamber Orchestra. During 2008 and 2009 he was a member of the Young Artists program as a Conductor with Opera Australia where he worked on a wide variety of repertoire, conducted orchestral galas and the OzOpera seasons of Madame Butterfly. In 2007 Chris was appointed as the inaugural Conducting Fellowship at the Australian Ballet. His credits include Nutcracker, BodyTorque Generations and Les Presages in Sydney as well as performances of After the Rain and Les Presages in Melbourne.

His most recent opera credits include Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia for Staatsoper Hamburg Stabile, Madame Butterfly and Barber of Seville for OzOpera, Die Fledermaus and Hansel and Gretel for In Good Company, The Medium, Der Shauspieldirektor/Prima la music poi le parole, Absuction form the Seraglio, Guistino, Don Pasquuale, Sweeney Todd and The Rape of Lucretia for Lyric Opera and Gianni Schicchi / The Telephone for Powerhouse Opera Queendland. In 2005 he performed his re-orchestration of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle with Australian Classic Players.

In 2005 year he was nominated by the Musical Theatre Guild for Best Music Direction. In 2006 he received a Green Room Award nomination in the ‘Best Conductor’ category.

Rudolf Koelman

Dutch violinist virtuoso Rudolf Koelman performs worldwide as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Combattimento Consort and many others.

Born in Amsterdam in 1959, Rudolf Koelman received his first violin lesson from Jan Bor. In 1972 he began studies under Hermann Krebbers at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. From 1978 to 1981 he was one of the legendary Jascha Heifetz’s last pupils at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Koelman was concert master of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam until 1999. Yoday, inaddition to his performances, he teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdk) and is frequently a juror and guest professor at international violin competitions and master courses around the world.

In his first performance with FCO in 2006, Mr Koelman performed the near forgotten Conus Concerto to the highest acclaim. On subsequent tours he has performed Havanaise and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens, the splendid Wieniawski Concerto No.2 and many more.

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