3 September 2009

Internationally acclaimed musician and scholar, Darryl Poulsen, has been lured to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to take on the new position of Associate Dean (Academic/Staffing).

The principal horn with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Professor Poulsen- who is currently the Coordinator of Brass Studies at the School of Music at the University of Western Australia- has performed and recorded in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australia.

Welcoming his appointment, the Dean and Principal of The Con, Professor Kim Walker said:

'Darryl has an impeccable record as performer, teacher, researcher and mentor over many years and will bring added expertise, zest and scholarship to The Con.

I believe our Faculty is second to none and with the decision of Darryl to join us in Sydney from an esteemed role in the West, we continue to add to our knowledge base and teaching excellence.

As you would expect with his background, Darryl has attracted horn students to his class at the University of Western Australia from every major Australian city, Switzerland, Moldova and the United States. Many of his students can now be found in the majority Australian professional symphony, opera and ballet orchestras.'

Poulsen graduated with distinction from the Conservatoria of Luxembourg, and Lige, Belgium in the horn classes of Professor Francis Orval. He holds the degrees of Doctor of Music and Master of Music from The University of Western Australia.

He has held principal horn positions in European and Australian orchestras; as a soloist, he toured nationally and internationally with the acclaimed Australian Chamber Orchestra, as well as occupying the position of principal horn in that orchestra for many years.

Poulsen has commissioned numerous new works for horn, had works written specially for him, given numerous premiere performances, and plays both baroque and classical natural horns.

His research into classical hand-horn playing has resulted in the publication of the first English translation of the Mïthode de premier et de second cor by Heinrich Domnich, considered the most important primary source on the history of classical hand-horn playing.

As a teacher, Professor Poulsen has given master classes throughout Australia, Sweden and Asia.

He will join The Con on 18 November.

Contact: Scott Saunders

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