Andrew Blackburn




Andrew Blackburn is an organist, harpsichordist, music technologist, composer and choral conductor.  His performances have included concertos with the Melbourne Symphony, concerts and recordings for the ABC, the Victorian Arts Centre Trust and many concerts both in Australia and abroad (England, Germany, Hungary, Italy Denmark and Sweden).  For many years, Andrew was Director of Music at Toorak Uniting Church in Victoria, Australia and founding Director of Kinross House - an arts centre. Andrew completed a course at IRCAM in Paris in 1998 , and collaborated in interactive sound space projects, multi media works, given many Australian premiere performances and his own compositions have been premiered at prominent Melbourne venues and elsewhere.  In 2005, he released a  critically acclaimed recording of Handel’s Op 6  Organ Concertos  performed on the historic Fincham Organ in Richmond Uniting Church.   In 2009, Andrew took up the position of Director of Music of the Tudor Choristers (a choir for whom he worked as rehearsal pianist and in concert in the early 1980’s). performances have been for the  The Melbourne Town Hall Project - produced by hutes included commissions for  new works by Peter Neville and Andrian Pertout .  In 2011, Andrew graduated as Doctor of Musical Arts from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University - “The organ and realtime digital signal processing: A performer’s perspective.

In October 2011, Andrew and Jean moved to Malaysia to take up positions as Senior Lecturers at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts in the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris - Tanjong Malim. In 2012, he gave a presentation for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra - ‘Encounter the Organ’, at the famed Dewan Filharmonik Petronas Hall beneath the twin towers of KLCC in addition to performing with the MPO on several occasions.

In 2013, Andrew was invited to join the Commonwealth Intercultural Arts Network, a Centre being established by the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK.

Recent and Upcoming Performances Page

Papers - click links to access online versions.

Computers, the pipe organ and realtime dsp - 2009 Apple University Consortium Australia

When Music Meets Language” (co-authored with Ang Thiah Huat) Journal of Research, Policy & Practice of Teachers & Teacher Education Vol 2 Number 2 December 2012

2012 - Proceedings of the 4th Malaysian Music Education Conference

The musical score as a metaphor for meaning and gesture in musical expression in performance and music teaching” Journal of Research, Policy & Practice of Teachers & Teacher Education Vol 3 Number 1 June 2013

2012 - Proceedings of the 4th Malaysian Music Education Conference

2013 - Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of Cambridge University Centre for Music Performance as Creative Practice “The organ and realtime dsp – new music for an ancient instrument: changing perceptions and performative techniques of an organist – a practice-based research study

Conference Presentations.




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