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Alumni — By on May 29, 2017 12:48 pm

Three international alumni tell us a little of what they’re up to. Tianyi Lu is a graduate in Music (BMus/Performance 2011, BMus(Hons)/Performance 2012); Dr Emma Carroll in Biological Sciences (BSc 2004, MSc 2006, PhD 2012); and Dale F Simpson Jnr in Anthropology (PGDipArts 2007, MA (First class hons) 2008).

Uniting through music: Tianyi Lu 

Where are you living and what are you doing? 

I’m based in Europe at the moment as a freelance orchestral conductor, working mainly in the UK. I’ve conducted various orchestras in Wales and England and I’ve assisted the Hallé orchestra and Welsh National Youth Opera.

My role as Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama involves teaching undergraduate conducting classes and working with the student orchestras there, as well as mentoring from the musicians and conductors at the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. I’m absolutely delighted to be announced as the new assistant conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra starting in June this year: I’m looking forward to being closer to home.

What do you find exciting about living and working in Europe?

Being a freelance conductor means you are travelling a lot; I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some incredible conductors and orchestras in Russia, Estonia, Switzerland and Germany. This year I’ll be going to the USA, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, New Zealand and Australia for both work and professional development.

I love how everything is so close in Europe, I love meeting people from different cultures and seeing how music can unite us. I am also really looking forward to moving back to Melbourne – one of my favourite cities in the world.

Is the study you did at Auckland important to what you are doing now? 

My time at Auckland was crucial to my development as a young musician. I was fortunate to have been taught and mentored by the inspiring staff at the School of Music (naming them all would push me past my word-count), in particular Professor Uwe Grodd, who has continued to support and guide me over the years.

I will always be grateful for my time in Auckland and will always remember the wonderful experiences and opportunities I was given that have been so crucial to my career. My passion for music really blossomed during my time at Auckland and it’s a passion that will continue and I hope to share with others for the rest of my life.

For more information see Tianyi’s website:

To see her interviewed see bringing-women-conductorsfront-orchestra/

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