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Brett Weymark

Brett Weymark
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Brett Weymark is one of the foremost choral conductors in Australia and Music Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs - a post he has held since 2003.

He studied singing at the University of Sydney and conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium under Mats Nilsson, John Hopkins, Henryk Pisarek and Patrick Thomas. He also studied in Europe and America with Simon Halsey, Vance George, Daniel Barenboim and Sir John Eliot Gardiner amongst others. In 2001, he was awarded a Centenary Medal for his services to music.

Since his appointment as Music Director, Brett has conducted Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in performances throughout Australia and internationally, and prepared the choirs for concerts with conductors such as Sir Charles Mackerras, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zubin Mehta, Edo de Waart and Sir Simon Rattle. In addition to classic works from the choral repertoire such as the Bach Passions and Cantatas, the Mozart and Verdi Requiems and Orff’s Carmina Burana, he has also conducted world premieres of works by Elena Kats-Chernin, Ross Edwards, Andrew Schultz, Matthew Hindson and Peter Sculthorpe.

Brett has led performances by the Sydney and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and operatic productions for WAAPA, Pacific Opera and OzOpera.  He has performed professionally with Opera Australia, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Song Company and Musica Viva. For the past five years, he has acted as music coach and repetiteur at Theatre Nepean, University of Western Sydney.  Recent highlights include conducting the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel’s Alexander Balus for Canberra Choral Society and Symphony in the Domain for the Sydney Symphony.

Brett Weymark has recorded with ensembles and artists such as Cantillation, Sara Macliver and Teddy Tahu Rodes, as well as conducting a wide range of film scores from Happy Feet to Australia. In 2014, he conducted the Sydney Symphony in a programme featuring works by Holst, Stanhope and the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto with soloist Diana Doherty. 

In 2015, Brett Weymark conducts the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Haydn’s The Creation; he also leads Sydney Philharmonia in a wide range of programmes at the Sydney Opera House and City Recital Hall, Angel Place.