Our People

Management

Janine HanrahanJanine Hanrahan

Managing Director

As a professional flautist, Janine has performed extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand with ensembles including: the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Stonnington Symphony Orchestra, The Geminiani Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Zauberflöte, as well as the Australian Discovery Orchestra (ADO).

She made her recording debut with the Melbourne Symphony in 2003 recording The Witchlight (for Flute and String Orchestra).  In 2009, she performed the Nielsen Flute Concerto in Europe with the Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic and in 2012 performed the Arnold  Concerto No. 1 for Flute and Strings with Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in Melbourne.  In 2016, she performed with the Synchron Stage Orchestra and the Bratislava Studio Symphony Orchestra on the critically received 2018 release of the orchestral music of Grammy winner, 5-time Grammy nominee and seven-time Emmy nominee Nan Schwartz (Divine Art, dda 25165).  In 2019, Janine was invited to perform with the orchestra in a production of Verdi’s Don Carlos with State Opera Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.

As Managing Director of the ADO, Janine is committed to the development of unique, ground-breaking innovations in audience development and engagement strategies for orchestras in the 21st-Century.  She was an invited speaker at Classical NEXT (C:N 2017) in Rotterdam where she demonstrated the interaction possibilities of live-streaming with online audience engagement experiences as used by the ADO for its online streaming concert events. In her management capacity overseeing the success of this new orchestral venture, Janine brings her long-held commitment to expand genuine opportunities for orchestral musicians across the country.

Janine is also one of Australia’s most experienced teachers of the Flute, working at Scotch College and Trinity Grammar School in Melbourne.

 

Artistic

Kevin_PurcellKevin Purcell

Principal Conductor

Kevin Purcell is one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded orchestral and opera conductors. Currently, Kevin serves as musical director for the Australian Discovery Orchestra – one of the world’s most innovative orchestral ensembles – whilst maintaining an active freelance career in the USA and Europe.

A critically received new record of the music of Nan Schwartz, 5-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Award winner, and 7-time Emmy nominated composer was released in March 2018 on the Divine Art record label. Kevin is presently working on a new record, 16 STORIES,  featuring the ADO showcasing the upcoming generation of ASCAP musical theatre songwriters for worldwide release in early 2020 by Broadway Records™ in New York.

The inaugural recipient of the Australian Music Foundation ‘Sir Charles Mackerras Prize’ (1995) and the Tait Memorial Trust Award in London (1996) were preceded by a prestigious scholarship to study conducting at the Moscow Conservatory (1992), and Opera Australia’s Willem van Otterloo Scholarship and the Bellhouse Conducting Prize (1993). Graduate conducting studies at the Janácek Academy of Music with Otakar Trhlík followed, culminating in graduate degree studies in orchestral conducting at Bard College (USA) under the late Harold Farberman.

In Europe, Kevin has conducted Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Paris Conservatory, Bratislava Studio Symphony Orchestra, Synchron Stage Orchestra, Wien; Hradec Králove Filharmonie, Beethoven Chamber Orchestra, Königsgrätz Philharmonic, West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, Georgian State Television and Radio Orchestra, Dinu Lipatti Philarmonic and the Silesian State Opera amongst many others.

Drawn to contemporary musical theatre whilst living in London, Kevin’s introduction to West End theatre came courtesy of Cameron Mackintosh and the Really Useful Group when invited to take over musical direction of the long-running production of ‘CATS’ at the New London Theatre in the mid-90s. In July 2003 Kevin renewed his association for RUG as musical director for the South Korean premiere of this show. More recently Kevin has conducted ‘Wicked’ at London’s Apollo Victoria theatre and was the original musical director for the first national UK/Eire tour in 2013.

He is also an award-winning musical theatre composer and an arranger much sought after for his American Songbook orchestrations. His arrangements have been performed by leading orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), New York City Opera, New York Pops, Boston Pops and by artists including, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Schwartz, Kristin Chenoweth, Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Raúl Esparza, Victor Garber, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and numerous other A-list Broadway artists. Kevin’s symphonic orchestrations and arrangements are performed by numerous American symphony orchestras.

His own musical, The Stranger From Seville, with book and lyrics by British screenwriter Victor Kazan, received rave reviews in its first limited season Off-Broadway production in July 2014. He is currently working on a musical stage adaptation of the novel, Castle Gillian, a love-story by revered Irish storyteller, Maurice Walsh (author of ‘The Quiet Man’) which will receive a three-week development workshop in New York in October, 2020.

Kevin is a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild of America.