Musical Director

Musical Director
Paul Terracini 







Paul Terracini is an Australian conductor, composer and arranger who returned to live in Australia in late 2007 after nearly 20 years living and working in Europe.  He was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Penrith Symphony Orchestra in 2010, following guest appearances with the orchestra in 2009, and is in constant demand as guest conductor and instructor in a wide range of musical activities.  Paul has composed and conducted recordings for ABC Classics with the Sydney based choir, Cantillation, and Ars Nova Copenhagen.

Paul has held permanent positions as Principal Trumpet in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (1975-79), Lecturer in Trumpet, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble and Big Band at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (1982-88) and Solo Trumpet in the Danish Chamber Players, Denmark (1991-2007).

Paul has performed as soloist in Europe, USA, England and Asia.  In Australia, he has appeared as trumpet soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra.  For 16 years he was Chairman of the Storstroms Symphony Orchestra in Denmark.   As a member of the Danish Chamber Players, he performed all over Eastern and Western Europe, South America and Asia.  He has also been guest professor and conductor at several conservatoriums in Europe and China.  He has conducted ten CD’s with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, as well as working as an opera conductor at the Rossini Festival in Germany, as an opera and orchestral conductor in Denmark, and as a guest conductor in Italy.

For the last ten years, Paul has written and conducted a great deal of music for film and television, which is now heard throughout the world.  His music for the two-part television series Hymns of the Forefathers I and II received international acclaim and was released on CD and DVD by EMI. His title music for the international television series Classical Destinations was featured on the Number 1 Classical Album of 2007, released by Decca. Other recent commissions have included orchestrating Paul Dukas’ Villanelle for a new CD of French Horn music featuring Ben Jacks, horn, and conducted by Barry Tuckwell.  In 2009 his Concerto for Brass was performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass. 

Paul accepted the position of Director of Academy Singers in November 2011.

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