Paul Dyer's engaging smile brings warmth and intimacy to the concert stage. As artistic director of the Brandenburg, Paul leads a dedicated team of musicians and support staff who bring passion and excellence to every performance.
In 2013 Paul was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his ‘distinguished service to the performing arts, particularly orchestral music as a director, conductor and musician, through the promotion of educational programs and support for emerging artists’.
“This award is wonderful recognition of Paul’s huge contribution to music in Australia, through his founding and inspired leadership of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra,” said Rowan Ross, then Chairman of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. “Under Paul’s direction, the Brandenburg has become one of the most outstanding period instrument ensembles in the world. This honour is richly deserved.”
Paul founded the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra with Managing Director Bruce Applebaum in 1989. The Brandenburg's first official concert was at the Sydney Opera House, a moment Paul readily recalls with fondness and disbelief at his own naivete with such an ambitious project. It is however this ambition and passion that Paul has brought to the organisation everyday, and which has led the orchestra from strength to strength. Paul's dedication and enthusiasm continue to inspire the musicians and support team, as the orchestra grows and innovates, challenges and inspires, both audience and performer alike.
He completed postgraduate studies in solo performance with Bob van Asperen at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, and has appeared as soloist, continuo player and conductor with many major Australian and European orchestras - the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia, Australian Youth Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Vancouver, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London.
Paul is an inspiring teacher and has been a staff member at various Conservatories throughout the world. In 1995 he received a Churchill Fellowship and Paul is also Patron of St Gabriel’s School for Hearing Impaired Children. In 2003 Paul was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for his services to Australian society and the advancement of music and in 2010 the Sydney University Alumni Medal for Professional Achievement.