John Painter AM
John Painter is a distinguished artist well known for his vigorous encouragement and training of young Australian musicians. He became a Member of the Order of Australia in 1981 for his services to music.
As a performer, Painter enjoyed a very successful career as a principal cellist, soloist and chamber musician. He founded the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney String Quartet and Pikler Chamber Orchestra, has held long tenures as a Director of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Canberra School of Music, and was Principal of the Australian Institute of Music.
As a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney and ABC String Quartets and Guest Cellist of the Tel Aviv String Quartet he has performed in Czechoslovakia, UK, USA, Asia, Japan and South Africa, and has also been visiting artist/teacher-in-residence at the Conservatory of Music in Shanghai and the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong.
Painter’s long association with Australia’s arts organisations include memberships of the Music Board and Community Arts Committee of the Australia Council, the board of Musica Viva Australia, the Victorian Institute of Colleges, the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney University Music Department, the Sydney International Piano Competition, the Canberra Symphony and the Australian National Academy of Music.
He was the recipient of the 2002 Sir Bernard Heinze Award and was appointed Emeritus Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music in 2005.
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