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CeliaCraigProfile“Celia is not only a passionate and inspiring person, but is a world class asset for Australia in performance, and in the development of a generation of aspiring young musicians” …Norman Gillespie, CEO Unicef Australia, Board member, Pinchgut Opera.

Principal Oboe of the Adelaide Symphony, lecturer at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, former President of Australasian Double Reed Society, Celia Craig has worked with Bernstein, Boulez, Carter, Adams, Berio, Ashkenazy, Gergiev and Haitink and many others in her distinguished orchestral career.

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MarkGaydenprofileMark Gaydon has been Principal Bassoonist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since 2003. During this time he has appeared as a soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions performing solo works by Mozart, Weber, Zwilich, Williams, Franciax, and Strauss. He has also appeared as guest principal bassoon with the Sydney Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, the Queensland Symphony, and the Tasmanian Symphony orchestra. As a chamber musician he has performed with Ellision Ensemble, The Southern Cross Soloists, the New London Chamber Ensemble, the Tancibudek Wind Quintet, and his own group Ensemble Le Monde.

An avid teacher, Mark has been Associate Instructor at the Indiana University School of Music, a guest artist at the Australian National Academy of Music, bassoon tutor for the Australian Youth Orchestra, AYO National Music Camp and Young Symphonists programs, and Bassoon Instructor at the Elder Conservatorium since 2005. Mark has a Ph.D. in music from the University of Adelaide and was awarded a Dean of Graduate Studies Special Commendation for Thesis Excellence. In 2005 he won the ABC Young Performer of the Year wind, brass, and percussion section and in 1999 was awarded the grand prize in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition in the USA competing against players of all instruments.

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