Bach Akademie Australia’s raison d’etre is to create a natural extension of my work over the last 15 years in Europe. During this time, I have worked closely with some of the world's greatest Bach exponents such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, John Butt, Peter Shrier, and Richard Egarr from whom I have learnt and absorbed an enormous amount. The very name itself, ‘Bach Akademie’, is intended to resemble as European an ensemble as possible, thereby bringing the great musical tradition of Europe to Australia. Most importantly, the music will be at the heart of the undertaking. I believe the time is right in to create an ensemble such as this to enrich and enhance the musical life of my country.
Close links are being forged with academic institutions around Australia to establish an atmosphere of learning and education around the ensemble. Every international soloist performing with the Akademie shall give masterclasses, individual lessons and lectures in Australia to impart their learning and performance skills whilst in Australia, therefore enhancing the entire Australian early music world.
I am extremely fortunate to have the support of Sir John Eliot Gardiner who is the patron of Bach Akademie Australia. As a result, I have had the opportunity to perform at the Bach Festival in Leipzig where Sir John Eliot Gardiner is the current president where I will continue to perform every year. I have also received pledges from international experts in Bach performance world wide such as Mark Padmore, Peter Harvey, James Gilchrist, Carolyn Sampson, Neil Brough, Leo Duarte, Jasu Moiso, Anneke Scott, Michael Niesemann, Reginald Mobely, Hiroski Amako and Adam Woolf to travel to Australia to perform with the orchestra and further our education goals.
Bach Akademie Australia will aim to perform all of Bach's music, coming up with inventive and interesting concerts within the context of series of concerts, or one off performances. A Cantata series will be established in collaboration in order to properly explore and showcase these wonderful works. There will also be an annual St Matthew and St John Passion With my fellow musicians and Sir John Eliot Gardiner's support, we will bring to Australia an ensemble of the absolute highest standards and put Australia on the map as a place of international regard and repute for the performance of J.S Bach.