COMPOSERS / 2021
Trish Dean / photo
Brisbane born and bred clarinetist Paul Dean is regarded as one of Australia's foremost musicians in his multiple capacities as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, composer and artistic director. He currently holds the position of Head of Winds at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Paul was the Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) from 2010 - 2015 and is a Principal Clarinet with the Australian World Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Endeavour Trio and is Co-Artistic Director of Ensemble Q with cellist Trish O'Brien. Paul was the Artistic Director of the Four Winds Festival and the Tutti Beijing International Youth Music Festival and was also the founder of the Southern Cross Soloists, the Bangalow Music Festival, the Coramba Chamber Music Festival and the Sunwater and Stanwell Winter Music School.
Paul has composed music for the violinists Jack Liebeck and Anthony Marwood, cellists Torleif Thedeen, Trish O'Brien and Patrick Murphy, tenor Andrew Goodwin and pianist Daniel De Borah, harpist Marshall McGuire, the Brodsky and Flinders Quartets, Katie Noonan, the Melbourne Piano Trio, the Seraphim Trio, the Endeavour Trio and the Australian Flute Festival. Paul was appointed Composer in Residence for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's 2019 season. His clarinet concerto was premiered by the MSO with the composer as soloist and Michael Collins conducting. His violin concerto, "A Brief History" was dedicated to Stephen Hawking and was premiered in the MSO's "Symphonic Universe" performances with presenter Brian Cox and violinist Jack Liebeck. Future major commissions include a concerto for French Horn, for Andrew Bain (principal horn, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival (Colorado) and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. His Symphony commissioned by and written for the Australian World Orchestra will premiere in Canberra on June 2, 2021.