Our Musical Director
The esteemed Ian Lowe has been with us since 2009
Ian Lowe began his vocal studies at the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music, and sang regularly with the Victorian State Opera.
Advanced vocal studies were undertaken at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria from 1978 to 1980 where the Salzburg Festival, O R F Radio choir and Mozarteum Opera Studio provided valuable performance experience in Salzburg, Prague, Barcelona and Norway.
Contracted to the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany from 1983 to1996Ian performed a wide repertoire of opera, operetta, music theatre and concert works. Tours with the theatre included Athens, Dresden, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Warsaw and many German theatres.
Ian has taught singing at the Melba Conservatorium of Music(1996-2008) Camberwell Grammar(1997-present), Xavier College(2000-2007) and Melbourne University Conservatorium(2009-2011).He has adjudicated many singing competitions and eisteddfau in Melbourne and country Victoria.
Currently he is President of the Lieder Society of Victoria and the Robert Stolz Viennese Music Society, Vice-President of the Kew Community Festival, and conductor of The Melbourne Singers and the Liedertafel Arion.
Hanford Lam is a student at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and spends much of his course accompanying AMEB and VCE exam students. He toured twelve cities in China with the international Opera Company as pianist performing arrangements of Dvorak’s “Rusalka” and Prokofiev’s ” Peter and the Wolf”. Shortly after returning, Hanford performed his first solo organ recital to much delightful concert feedback on his choice of program and the execution of the works of Bach and Widor. In 2016, he won second prize in the Great Composers Competition Series of 17th and 18th century music categories.
Hanford came to The Melbourne Singers in February 2016 and was appointed official accompanist of the choir in May 2016.
To read more about Hanford’s impressive biography please go to his website.
Photo source used with permission of Hanford Lam.