Dev Gopalasamy : Associate Artist
Photo: Amy Stannard
Artist website: https://www.devgopal.com/
Dev Gopalasamy was the Director of Music at St Joseph's College in Hunters Hill (Sydney) for 10 years, and later the Head of Performing Arts at St Ignatius' College-Riverview for 14 years from 2005 to 2018. Dev is a composer, arranger, a M.A.G.A. certified composer/arranger, and guitar player who has had two Aria nominations, four Mo Award nominations, and has received a Honorary Professional Composer's award from APRA. Dev has three university degrees and his compositions and performances are showcased on four commercially released albums. These are available on most digital platforms like iTunes and Spotify. Apart from two pieces, all pieces on these four albums were composed and arranged by Dev.
Amongst Dev's latest compositions is a symphony ("The Refugee Symphony") written for a full orchestra, and the music for an up-coming Amazon Prime TV series. Previous compositions also include works in the following genres: Classical music, Jazz, World Music, Electronic music, Indian Music and Rock. A list of over 45 of his compositions are registered with APRA. In his work in Education, Dev has written numerous pieces for HSC students and school ensembles over a period of 35 years in a multitude of genres. Dev has written and/or arranged music for four feature films, TV documentaries, jingles, Cabaret artists and CD recordings. His compositions and performance on the album Tazzad has seen that recording placed on the National Heritage list labelled as "Uniquely Australian".
Tommy Emmanuel commented that Dev is "one of the finest guitar players in Australia". Dev has worked with the cream of Australian Jazz musicians and with many international artists who toured Australia, one of the highlights being the support for the legendary Jazz artist Dizzy Gillespie on his Australian Tour. Dev is also a conductor and has conducted many Combined Schools' Symphony Orchestras and Combined Schools' Jazz Big Orchestras. He has also been the musical director for 26 musicals and has worked as a musician in many professional music theatre productions (such as Cats and 42nd Street), on TV and his performance credits include working with the best of local (eg Tommy Emmanuel and the Don Lane Show) and touring international artists such as The Supremes, The Drifters, Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, Johnny Tillitson, Francis Yip, Rene and Renata, The Italian Tenors, Demis Roussos, Neil Sedaka and Melissa Manchester. More details are available on the website www.devgopal.com
Dev Gopalasamy — current to January 2021