Conductor: Robert Dora
Chief Conductor & Artistic Director
An experienced conductor, artistic director, music educator and commissioned orchestral composer, Robert conceived the Australasian Orchestra and then co-founded it with Peter Lim and others in late 2013. He is currently the Chief Conductor of the Monash Medical Orchestra, the Australasian Orchestra, the Melbourne Lawyers' Orchestra and the Monash University Choral Society and is the new conductor of Preston Symphony Orchestra. As well as conducting performances with various nationally and internationally acclaimed soloists he is also an advocate for the performance of new Australian works, frequently giving world premiere performances by other composers. As of September 2016 he is lecturing Conducting at Monash University for their BMus 3rd Year Conducting unit. In 2012 and 2013 he tutored the Honours year conducting students at the University of Melbourne and in late 2014 created and tutored an intensive conducting course for The Music Generation which will continue to be run half yearly from 2016. He is a private teacher of violin, voice, music theory and conducting. Robert has a Master of Music degree from the University of Melbourne, specializing in orchestral conducting under the guidance of late Professor John Hopkins (OBE, OA). He has also received degrees from Monash University of Bachelor of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) majoring in orchestral conducting and classical voice. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Commonwealth Post Graduate Award at the University of Melbourne, a Monash University Jubilee Honours Scholarship and four Monash University Dean's Awards for excellence.