Dr David Banney
A past winner of the ABC Young Conductor of the Year Award, David has conducted many of Australia's leading orchestras and ensembles, including the Queensland Symphony, Queensland Philharmonic, Opera Queensland, Queensland Ballet, Adelaide Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Queensland Youth Symphony and Sydney Youth Philharmonic. David has collaborated with soloists such as Roger Woodward, Ian Munro, Tamara Anna Cislowska and Kathryn Selby (piano), Susan Collins, Tor Fromyhr and Graeme Jennings (violin), Sally Walker (flute), Amelia Farrugia and Hyesoung Kwon (soprano) and William Barton (didgeridoo).
His compositions include instrumental, choral and chamber music, and he has written for performers including Sally Walker and Jenny Duck Chong (flute and mezzo-soprano), William Barton (didgeridoo), the Christ Church Camerata (Newcastle) Anthea Scott-Mitchell (cello) and the Hunter Singers. His works have been performed by orchestras including the Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, and recordings of his works have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM and Sydney's 2MBS Fine Music.
An important part of David's compositional output has been inspired by his work with Géza Szilvay, including many works for young string players and ensembles, and his collection of songs arranged for children's choir and strings - Tigers and Teapots - which has become a regular part of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's education program. In 2016 David received an Honorary Certificate in Violin Teaching from Colourstrings International. David is a passionate advocate for music education and has spoken at numerous conferences on Kodály-based music education.
David is the Artistic Director of Newcastle's Christ Church Camerata, Co-Artistic Director of the Newcastle Music Festival, Director of the Newcastle Strings, and on the staff of the Riverina Summer String School. David can be heard on-air each week on Newcastle's ABC1233 radio (available online) in The Banter, a discussion about music and life with host Paul Bevan, that reached its 250th episode in 2017.
David is active as a researcher in the area of symmetry and symmetry breaking in music, and his output has included collaborations with scientists including Giuseppe Caglioti (Politecnico di Milano) and Roger Smith (Hunter Medical Research Institute). David is a member of the Executive Board of the International Symmetry Association.
Also a medical doctor, David is married to Cathy, a speech pathologist, and has two children, Matthew and Emma.