The composer of tonight's opening number, 12 Angry Men, is a
musician with many strings to his bow, as Symphony Australia's
JUSTINE BASHFORD discovers.
JB: You're a viola player and you previously played with the
Berlin Philharmonic. How did you come to play with such a
BD: Well, I'd studied in Queensland, and finished a Bachelor of
Music degree, and went overseas then with the assistance of an
Australia Council grant to study in Berlin. I'd met a teacher I
wanted to study with, Wolfram Christ. He took me into his class.
I studied there for three semesters and he suggested trying out
for a job in the orchestra and I thought, 'Well, I haven't got
anything to lose,' and that's how I found myself in the ranks of
the viola section of the Berlin Philharmonic.
When did you decide to start composing as well as playing?
After about four ...