Andrew Del Riccio

The Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship

Andrew Del Riccio holds degrees in performance from the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, in conducting from the University of British Colombia (Canada) and education from the University of Western Sydney. He has received scholarships that enabled him to study at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, The Boston Conservatory, conducting master courses in the Czech Republic and in London. Following attendance at a summer school in opera conducting in Opava, The Czech Republic he was offered a place in the masters conducting program at the University of British Colombia in Canada. There Andrew conducted numerous performances, including two seasons of Hansel und Gretel, and seasons of La Finta Giardinera, Turandot 127 (world premiere at Summerstock festival), L’histoire du Soldat, The Medium, numerous premieres of student works, new music reading workshops, and ensembles for recitals and juries.

Andrew has performed with many of Sydney’s leading ensembles including the Sydney Symphony and Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestras, as well as founding the Blues Point Brass Quintet. His conducting interests have led to the formation of ensembles in Australia and Canada, including the St Peters Chamber Orchestra and The Unexpected Orchestra. As Musical Director of the Mosman Orchestra since 1999, Andrew has conducted world premieres of works by Kim D’Espiney, Michiel Irik and Mathew Chilmaid. He has worked with the North Sydney, Ryde-Hunters Hill, East Sydney Chamber, Lane Cove Youth, UNSW and Sydney University Symphony Orchestras and conducted concerts as an assistant conductor with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.

Andrew currently teaches at Trinity Grammar School, directs the Mosman Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and has a busy private teaching practice. In recent years he has been a judge for the Fine Music 104.5FM Young Virtuosi competition and was also involved in scuba diving, actively researching wrecks of the New South Wales coast as a part of theTwo Dogs dive team.