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    Dr Paul Kildea

A former Young Artist at Opera Australia, Paul Kildea has conducted throughout Australia and Europe, including guest appearances with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble 2e2m (Paris), Nash Ensemble (London), West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Australian Youth Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Britten–Pears Orchestra. During a four-year appointment as Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival he conducted and programmed a broad repertory. In addition to Aldeburgh, Kildea directed the chamber music programme at the Perth International Arts Festival and is a former Artistic Director of Wigmore Hall, London, and the Four Winds Festival on the South Coast of New South Wales. Kildea holds an Honours degree in piano performance and a Masters degree in musicology from The University of Melbourne, where he is now an Honorary Principal Fellow, and a doctorate from Oxford University. His books include Selling Britten and Britten on Music. In January 2013 Penguin published his major new biography, Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century, to enormous critical acclaim. It is now widely recognized as the best book on its subject: the Financial Times called it ‘unquestionably the music book of the year.’