Geoffrey Lancaster

Geoffrey Lancaster has been at the forefront of the historically inspired performance movement for 40 years. He was the first Australian to win a major international keyboard competition, receiving first prize in the 23rd Festival van Vlaanderen International Mozart Fortepiano Competition, Brugge.

He has appeared to acclaim as keyboardist and conductor with such orchestras as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Cologne Gürzenich, Ensemble 415, Concerto Copenhagen, Tafelmusik, and every major Australian orchestra. Former Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players and Chief Conductor of La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, he has lectured at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and other significant Early Music schools.

In 2006 Dr Lancaster was Australian of the Year for the Australian Capital Territory. His other honours include ARIA and Gramophone awards for some of his more than fifty recordings, the Australian Artists Creative Fellowship, HC Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship, Honorary Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Order of Arts and Letters and the Order of Australia.

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