Richard Mason

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Contemporary Classical Clarinet

Richard graduated from The Victorian College of the Arts in 1995, later returning to complete a Master’s degree in clarinet and bass clarinet  in 2005. While undertaking his Master’s degree he was awarded the Willem van Otterloo Scholarship, sponsored by the Erasmus Foundation which enabled him to study in Amsterdam with Harry Sparnaay. Richard is currently studying for a PhD at the Faculty of Music, The University of Melbourne supported by the Ormond Exhibition and a Melbourne Research Scholarship.

Richard’s professional performing experience encompasses many diverse musical styles including jazz, orchestral music and avant-garde art music gained through time spent playing with professional ensembles including The Academy of Melbourne and Australian Defence Force bands. He specializes in contemporary Australian music and has premièred works by leading composers including Stuart Greenbaum, Paul Stanhope and Mark Pollard. Richard has appeared in a number of festivals including the Melbourne International Festival and in broadcasts for ABC FM and 3MBS.

Richard is highly active as an educator at secondary and tertiary level having taught at Lowther Hall Anglican Girls Grammar School, Xavier College, Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts as a sessional lecturer in aural studies, ensemble and bass clarinet. He also consulted on the design of the Victorian Certificate of Education, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Solo Performance  syllabuses, introduced in 2005 and frequently presents master classes for students focusing on performance and VCE repertoire.

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