The Chair of the Australian National Academy of Music today announced the appointment of the new Artistic Director of ANAM.
The new Artistic Director is eminent performer Paul Dean, clarinettist, festival director, teacher and artistic director of the Southern Cross Soloists.
“The consultants engaged by the Board of ANAM to secure an outstanding candidate undertook a thorough international search that brought the Appointment Committee into conversation with a range of excellent applicants from around the world”, Ian McRae said today. “Paul’s superb musicianship coupled with the inspirational vision that he painted, excited the Committee and convinced them that he was the right person to lead the Academy through the coming decade.
“His vision is for an Academy which is firmly located in a contemporary musical landscape, and actively engaged in the issues that are so vital to securing the future health of classical music in Australia. We are delighted to welcome Paul Dean to the helm of ANAM at this important time in our development” Mr McRae said.
“To be appointed Artistic Director of ANAM is a huge honour, which brings with it an enormous responsibility”, Paul Dean said. “I cannot imagine a more important role in music in the country today than to lead our next generation of brilliant musicians. I am both excited and humbled.
“The reputation that ANAM has developed over its short history, in particular in the last five years, is phenomenal. I am energised beyond belief to become a part of that story, and thrilled to be in a position to drive the organisation to the next level.
Dean added, “In partnership with the Commonwealth and State Governments, the University of Melbourne, our wonderful resident faculty, the amazing array of national and international guests, the committed administration team and our outstanding students, ANAM’s program will be the furnace in which the future of Australian music is forged.
“On top of being given every opportunity to become virtuosi on their chosen instruments, I would like to see ANAM’s students instilled with a passionate view of their role in the music profession and to be equipped with the skills, both musical and entrepreneurial, which will enable them to thrive both personally and as generational leaders.”
By a happy co-incidence Paul is the brother of outgoing Artistic Director, Brett Dean. “There must have been something quite magical in the water in the Dean household in 1960’s Brisbane,” Mr McRae added. “Not only did that family produce two of the country’s finest musicians, it also produced two men who are passionate about Australia’s musical culture, and to securing its future through a commitment to developing the skills and imaginations of its young musicians.
Paul Dean’s three-year contract will commence in June 2010.