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Article: Interrogating the Orchestra

  • Craig Smith — © Santa Fe New Mexican
  • Source: The Santa Fe New Mexican, 14 August 2009
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Australian Brett Dean has plenty of global music-making experience to go along with his early and solid at-home training. After studying viola and composition in Australia, he moved to Germany, where he won a gig as a substitute player with the Berlin Philharmonic at age 22. He joined the orchestra permanently in 1984, when he was 23, and played often under star conductor Herbert von Karajan.

Dean's compositional gifts soon flowered in Europe, and his work quickly gained ground, including a ballet score choreographed by Jiÿrí Kylián and a clarinet concerto, Ariel's Music. He frequently conducted his own ...