Conductor : Chris van Tuinen

Chris van Tuinen

Chris 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.

In 2008-9 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 Schauspieldirektor/ Prima la musica poi le parole, Abduction from the Seraglio, Guistino, Don Pasquale, Sweeney Todd and The Rape of Lucretia for Lyric Opera and Gianni Schicchi / The Telephone for Powerhouse Opera Queensland. In 2005 he performed his re-orchestration of Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle with the Australian Classical 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.