Fine Music Patrons
Our Honorary and Artistic Patrons
Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO is the former and second longest-serving Governor of New South Wales. Born in Narrandera, New South Wales, Bashir graduated from the University of Sydney in 1956 and held various medical positions, with a particular emphasis in psychiatry.
In 1993 Bashir was appointed the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services for the Central Sydney Area Health Service, a position she held until appointed Governor on 1 March 2001. She has also served as the Chancellor of the University of Sydney (2007–2012).
Elena Kats-Chernin is one of the most cosmopolitan composers working today, reaching millions of listeners worldwide through her prolific catalogue of works for theatre, ballet, orchestra, and chamber ensemble.
Her dramatically vivid music communicates a mixture of lightheartedness and heavy melancholy, combining strong rhythmic figures with elements of cabaret, tango, ragtime, and klezmer.
Simon Tedeschi is quite often described by respected critics and musical peers as one of the finest artists in the world making the young pianist’s mark on music both undeniable and admirable.
Tedeschi first performed a Mozart Piano Concerto at age 9 in the Sydney Opera House. He has studied piano in Australia with Neta Maughan for 10 years as well as in London with Noretta Conci and Boston with Peter Serkin.
Richard Tognetti is Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has established an international reputation for his compelling performances and artistic individualism.
Richard began his studies in his home town of Wollongong with William Primrose, then with Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium, and Igor Ozim at the Bern Conservatory, where he was awarded the Tschumi Prize as the top graduate soloist in 1989.
Brett Weymark is one of the foremost choral conductors in Australia. Since becoming Artistic and Music Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in 2003, he has conducted the Choirs in performances around the country and internationally.
He has also conducted the Sydney Symphony, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic and productions for WAAPA, Pacific Opera and OzOpera.
Patron of Emerging Artists
Toby Thatcher was Assistant Conductor to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a position he’d held since early 2015. In the same year, Toby was a finalist and prize winner at the Georg Solti International Conducting Competition with the HR- Sinfonieorchester and Frankfurter Opern und Museumsorchester, and Neeme Jarvi prize winner at the 2015 Menuhin Festival. He is the founder and director of London based orchestra Ensemble Eroica, as well as a founding member of contemporary music group Ensemble x.y.