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Alexander Briger AO
Alexander Briger is a conductor who has worked with more orchestras than can be easily listed – pick an orchestra in Australia or Europe, you can be pretty certain he has conducted them, and that’s before you start adding his work with orchestras on other continents. He counts luminaries like Charles Mackerras and Pierre Boulez among his mentors. Alexander is back in Australia to once again conduct his brain child, the Australian World Orchestra, this June.
In this episode, which is an extended version of the original broadcast edition, he talks candidly about coming out from under the shadow of his uncle, Charles Mackerras, the pressures he had in his younger days that led to overwork and illness, plus he shares his vast knowledge for his musical choices which include Benjamin Britten, Shostakovich, Brahms, and his particular speciality – Janacek.
In 2016, Alexander became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished services to the arts as a leading conductor, and as founder of the Australian World Orchestra.