Paul Dyer


Artistic Director, Australian Brandenberg Orchestra

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Best of Baroque,WASO Chamber Series
“This was engagingly rowdy music with the WASO musicians responding with energy and staying power to Paul Dyer's
emphatic direction from the harpsichord”

Neville Cohn, The West Australian 17 April 2011

Paul Dyer is one of Australia’s leading specialists in period performance styles. A charismatic leader, he founded the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in 1990 as a natural outcome of his experience as a performer and teacher of baroque and classical music, and has been the Orchestra’s Artistic Director since that time. Paul has devoted his performing life to the harpsichord, fortepiano and chamber organ as well as conducting the Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir. In 2013 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his distinguished service to the performing arts. 

Having completed postgraduate studies in solo performance with Bob van Asperen at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, Paul performed with many major European orchestras and undertook ensemble direction and orchestral studies with Sigiswald Kuijken and Frans Brüggen. 

As well as directing the Orchestra, Paul has a busy schedule appearing as a soloist, continuo player and conductor with many major ensembles, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Orchestra, Australia Ensemble, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Australia, Australian Youth Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Vancouver, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London. 

Paul has performed with many prominent International soloists including Andreas Scholl, Cyndia Sieden, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Andreas Staier, Marc Destrubé, Christoph Prégardien, Hidemi Suzuki, Manfredo Kraemer, Andrew Manze, Yvonne Kenny, Emma Kirkby, Philippe Jaroussky and many others. In 1998 he made his debut in Tokyo with countertenor Derek Lee Ragin, leading an ensemble of Brandenburg Orchestra soloists, and in August 2001 Paul toured the Orchestra to Europe with guest soloist Andreas Scholl, appearing in Vienna, France, Germany and London (at the Proms). As a recitalist, he has toured Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States, playing in Carnegie Hall in New York. 

Paul is an inspiring teacher and has been a staff member at various Conservatories throughout the world. In 1995 he received a Churchill Fellowship and has won numerous International and National awards for his CD recordings with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir, including the 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2009 ARIA Awards for Best Classical Recording. Paul is a Patron of St Gabriel’s School for Hearing Impaired Children and in  2003  was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for his services to Australian society and the advancement of music and in 2010 the Sydney University Alumni Medal for Professional Achievement.  In 2016 Paul Dyer and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra received a Helpmann Award for Best Chamber and/or instrumental ensemble concert for their 2015 program ‘French Baroque with Circa’. 

In recent years Paul has conducted the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in LÓrfeo by Monteverdi, Mozart Mass in C minor and Jupiter Symphony, Bach Magnificat, as well as appearances by Philippe Jaroussky and Simone Kermes. In 2015 he conducted the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in a program that included Vivaldi “Four Seasons” and last year  returned to that orchestra for a highly anticipated Vivaldi Gloria. In 2017 he continues to lead the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in performances including Handel’s Messiah, and works by Bach, Mozart, Monteverdi, and Haydn as well as returning to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.                                                               

Paul Dyer is managed by Graham Pushee:  
February 2017
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