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Rachel Thompson, winner of the 2017 NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship.

Instrumental Scholarship adjudicators announced


Sydney Eisteddfod is delighted to announce that  Andrew Del Riccio, Dr Joanna Drimatis and Michael Field AM MD will be judging the winners of The Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship 2018.  

Andrew Del Riccio 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.

Dr Joanna Drimatis has been engaged as a Guest Conductor in the USA, New Zealand and Australia. In the positions as Music Director of the University Orchestra - UTexas at Austin, Music Director of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and Conductor for the Adelaide Youth Orchestra association, Joanna initiated collaborations, commissions, premieres and selected performances have been broadcast on NZ Concert FM and ABC Classic FM. As a violinist/violist Joanna has played professionally as an orchestral musician both in Australia and overseas and has performed in recitals and festivals in the USA, Germany, New Zealand and Australia.

Michael Field AM MD is a classical music presenter on Sydney radio station Fine Music 102.5, where he has also served as Chair of the Under 30s Committee and secretary of the Presenters Committee. He is a retired medical academic and specialist, with a life-long passion for classical music. Michael’s working career has been in medicine and medical education. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, and formerly practised and taught renal medicine at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

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