Rosamund Plummer


Published: 30/04/2019 1:30am

2019 Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental adjudicator

Rosamund Plummer began her studies at the Sydney Conservatorium High School and in 1978 was appointed Principal Piccolo, then Associate Principal Flute with Orchestra Victoria. In 1980-81 she studied in London with Peter Lloyd of the London Symphony Orchestra and William Bennett of the English Chamber Orchestra.

In 1986 she won the Sixth National Flute Competition, performed in the masterclasses of James Galway and Louis Moyse in New York, and was appointed Principal Piccolo of the Sydney Symphony. In 1999 Rosamund studied with Walfrid Kujala, Principal Piccolo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. At the end of 2018 she retired from the SSO after a 33-year career.

Rosamund teaches flute and piccolo at the Conservatorium High School and Sydney University, and regularly tutors the National and Sydney Youth Orchestras. With Christine Dreager, she has co-authored Studies for the Advanced Flautist (Australian Music Centre and Fluteworthy) and Piccolo: from Novice to Professional (Fluteworthy).

As the first recipient of Columbia University’s Global Wind Artist Residency, in 2014 Rosamund spent three months in Tokyo learning to play the ryuteki, a medieval Japanese flute. Since then her love of Japanese flutes has grown to include the study of the shakuhachi, and the weird and wonderful nohkan.