Past Conductors

Louis Sharpe
Louis Sharpe is a promising Sydney-based conductor. Previously working with many community ensembles in Victoria, Louis is excited to be appointed Chief Conductor of the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra.

Louis was born and raised in Newcastle, NSW and began studying music from a very early age at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. At Newcastle Grammar School, Louis discovered that the drums were his passion which allowed him to gain a position at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in 2007. In 2010, Louis completed his secondary education with a focus on orchestral percussion and conducting.

While studying at the University of Melbourne, Louis moved towards conducting and co-founded the Hopkins Sinfonia. In 2013 he become the Music Director of the Hopkins Sinfonia and, after three successful seasons, Louis conducted their last performance in late 2016. In early 2016 he won a position at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to study conducting under the esteemed Maestro Eduardo Diazmunoz, Maestro Stephen Mould, and Maestro Neil McEwan in the Masters of Music Performance degree which he will complete in November this year. Working with many different ensembles with a great variety of repertoire provides many different challenges, which Louis strives to find new and exciting ways to successfully accomplish what the composer intended.

Matthew Winnel 

Matt grew up in Albury and has been performing trumpet since the age of six. Soon after he began to sing and practice the piano. He received his Associate Diploma in trumpet performance in year 10 and has a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

In 2009 Matt accepted the prestigious $70,000 Cooper Music Scholarship to complete his Higher School Certificate at Canberra Grammar School. On graduation, he was awarded School Colours for outstanding performance in the field of Music and a CGS Medal.

After studying trumpet at the Australian National University with Anthony Heinrichs, he moved to Sydney to study with Andrew Evans and Leanne Sullivan at the University of Sydney. He specialised in the baroque trumpet.

Matt has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra and toured with Australia’s National Children’s Choir, Gondwana Voices, including singing in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and performing in the Royal Albert Hall. He has spent time singing with church choirs such as St Matthew’s Albury and St Laurence in Sydney. In 2012 he conducted at the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute in the Emerging Conductors’ Program.

In 2014 Matt was offered the Eugene Goossens Conducting Scholarship and studied with Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz. He has been actively writing music since a young age and has won composition prizes including first place in the Australian Children’s Music Foundation Songwriting Competition. He has been commissioned to write for various ensembles and school groups.

Matt was Music Director of the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra & Choir in 2014-2015.

David Jaksa

David Jaksa is one of Australia’s youngest emerging conductors. David’s musical life started at the age of 3, when he began studying violin with the Suzuki Violin School in Adelaide. After moving to Canberra, David began study with the renowned French violinist Josette Morgan.

In 2006 he was selected for a pre-tertiary program on a full scholarship with the Australian National University and played as a soloist with the ANU Orchestra. In 2008, David moved to Sydney to study violin at the Sydney Conservatorium with Chris Kimber.

Later he worked with conductor Carolyn Watson where he assisted her with opera, choral and symphonic repertoire. After his second year, David was awarded the Morgan scholarship for excellence in musical performance and was appointed to Associate Director at St John’s College and conducts the Choir and String Orchestra.

In 2011, David became the youngest conductor to be accepted into the Master’s of Music (Conducting) course at the Conservatorium. David was also appointed Principal Conductor of the Eastern Suburbs Chamber Choir and was selected to attend a masterclass directed by David Danzmayer, Fabian Russell and Myer Fredman. It was here that he was given the opportunity to conduct the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra. Whilst studying conducting, David has had guest conducting positions with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, the Early Music Ensemble and the Jacobean Singers.

In 2014 he was appointed as the Music Director of the East Sydney Chamber Orchestra and Choir.

Jacky Cho Ki Wong
First in Australia and Asia to conduct the complete Beethoven piano concertos from keyboard, Cho Ki (Jacky) Wong is appointed to be the assistant conductor of Hong Kong Sinfonietta in 2014 – 2015. He is currently the music director of the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra, former music director of Hong Kong Grandmaster Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Kwai Tsing Youth Orchestra. In Sydney, Wong has conducted the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra and Choir and the Beecroft Orchestra. He has served as assistant conductor to Maestro Pallo in the production of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. Wong completed Master of Conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Professor Imre Pallo with full scholarship – the George Henderson (postgraduate) Scholarship. He also participated the Conductors Retreat at Medomak 2009 and studied with Kenneth Keisler.

As an active pianist, Wong graduated from Master of piano performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studied with Mr. Gerard Willems. The master degree is supported by the Molly McAulay Memorial Scholarship 2009 – given by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he studied as visiting student after graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2008. He is the winner of the HK (Asia) Piano Open Competition in 2002, the ASKM Gold Coast Open Piano Competition in 2010 and City of Wollongong Eisteddfod Open Piano Scholarship in 2011.

He has appeared regularly as soloist with numerous orchestras in Hong Kong and Australia. His repertoire includes Mozart Piano Concertos, the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos, Chopin Piano concerto no. 1, Dohnanyi Variations on a nursery theme and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 3. As accompanist, he works with renowned flutist Jane Rutter in “An Australian in Paris” national tour.

Wong has been interviewed by ABC Classic FM, 2ac Australian Chinese Radio, Life Monthly magazine and RTHK Radio 4. For more information on Cho Ki Wong, please visit

Peter Ellis
Peter Ellis is a native of Halifax, UK and has been resident in Australia for six years. A graduate of the Universities of Birmingham and London he has held a number of positions in England as teacher, organist and conductor. As an organist he has performed in Birmingham, Portsmouth, Durham and Stuttgart cathedrals, York Minster and Tewkesbury Abbey. As a member of the acclaimed City of Birmingham Chorus he recorded for EMI and performed on Channel 4 Television, BBC Radio and at the Proms.

In Australia Peter has been Artistic Director of Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra since 2005, and was formerly music director of Tenor Australis and Newcastle University Choir. From 2006 to 2008 he was on the staff of St. James’ Church, King Street latterly as organist and acting choir director. With Symphony Australia he has conducted in master classes with the Adelaide, Tasmanian and Queensland Orchestras, and in 2008 made a second appearance as guest conductor with Sydney early music choir Coro Innominata.

Much in demand as an accompanist and recitalist Peter has recorded and broadcast with Australian Baroque Brass and the choir of St. James’. He was also organist for the 2008 national memorial broadcast service for HMAS Sydney. Recent and future concert appearances include Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Ballarat and Perth. In addition to his work with ESCO, Peter is on the music staff of Barker College.

Sadaharu Muramatsu
Born in Aichi, Japan, Sadaharu Muramatsu is the Music Director of Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, Choirmaster of Willoughby Symphony Choir, Conductor of the Wesley Institute Choir and lecturer/instructor of Conducting at Wesley Institute in Sydney.

In Sydney Sada has conducted the Penrith Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Camerata, Rockdale Opera Company, Eastern Sydney Chamber Choir, Kammerklang Chamber Orchestra and many other groups. His experience in Europe includes conducting the Budapest Operettszínház in a performance broadcast by Hungarian National Broadcasting Corporation (MTV). Sada has appeared in TV, radio, and newspapers including BBC, Channel 9, SBS radio and many Japanese media programmes.

Sada completed a Masters of Music in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. He was granted a fellowship to study conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney under the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists. Sada resides in Australia with a Distinguished Talent visa granted for his achievements by the Australian Government.

His outstanding accomplishments include an Honorary Doctorate in Music from his alumnus Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK (2011); Second prize in the Vienna Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival with the Wesley Institute Choir in the Golden Hall, Musikverein, Austria (2011); Finalist and awarded Special Prize of the Jury at the Emmerich Kalman International Conductor’s Competition at the Budapest Operetta Theatre, Hungary (2007); Semi-finalist in the 2nd Bartok Bela International Opera-Conducting Competition in Romania (2007); Mortimer Furber Prize for Conducting in Manchester, UK (2005); and First prize at the ISIS Conducting Competition in Cambridge, UK (2001).

Sada studied conducting under Imre Pallo, Kurt Masur, Sir Mark Elder, Gianandrea Noseda, Christian Mandeal, Hirofumi Misawa and Kazuki Sawa.

Carl Pini
Carl Pini is a musician of international reputation. He began his career in London in 1960 as Leader of the London String Quartet and from 1968 spent six years in Sydney forming the Sinfonia of Sydney and the Carl Pini Quartet with whom he made three world tours. He also conducted the Sydney, South Australian and West Australian Orchestras and conducted the English Chamber Orchestra at the 1974 Edinburgh Festival.

In 1975 he was appointed Concertmaster of the Philharmonia in London and during the next six years appeared as soloist in concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Prokofiev with Riccardo Muti, Sir Adrian Boult and Zdenek Maçal.

In 1980 Carl Pini was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and from 1983 to 1988 he was Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, leading the ACO on its Bicentennial Tours of the USA and Europe. He has conducted several seasons of opera, including La Boheme, Don Pasquale, Julius Caeser and Le Cinesi.

Carl Pini was Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony from 1990 until 1995. In 1992 he premiered the Richard Mills violin concerto and since 1990 has conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on several occasions.

Since 1996 Carl Pini has played as a Principal in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 1998 the Carl Pini Quartet performed the complete cycle of Beethoven Quartets. Carl Pini is an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music in London, and has taught violin and conducting at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Melbourne and Monash Universities and the Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney.

Luke Dollman
Luke Dollman is one of the most versatile conductors of his generation, having worked with orchestras, opera companies and ballet companies from all over the world.

Orchestras he has worked with include the London Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Sydney Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Luke also enjoys working in the theatre and has worked regularly with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, as well as making appearances with Opera Australia and the State Opera of South Australia.