Geoff Grey CSM, Grad Dip App Mus, Dip Mus Mgt.
Geoff Grey is one of Australia’s most prominent, productive and passionate ensemble leaders, with over three decades of professional music production to date. Currently a PhD candidate with the University of Canberra, Geoff is the Artistic Director of the ADF Arts for Resiliance, Recovery, Teamwork and Skills, using the arts to rehabilitate ADF members suffering stress, anxiety, PTSD and more. Geoff’s research aims to break ground in this area of research. In 2015 Geoff launched the Canberra Wind Symphony, bringing together 40+ professional musicians to fly the flag for the genre of the wind ensemble, and live music in general. Geoff remains the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Canberra Wind Symphony.
Geoff is a direct descendant of the famous London violinist/conductor Wilhelm Cramer and eminent pianist, composer and publisher Johann Baptist Cramer. He won his first piano competition aged six and has since toured nationally and internationally with numerous wind ensembles, orchestras, bands and choirs on cornet, trumpet, clarinet, voice, percussion, blues harmonica, trombone and, of course, baton. For services to music he has been awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) in the Australian Honours List.
Geoff has been described as an insightful, intelligent and inspirational leader. He is best known for his exciting, fresh and engaging approach to concert production, award winning recordings, unfailing commitment to excellence and quirky sense of humour.
His professional career includes over 8,000 live performances and a list of partnering artists that form a ‘Who’s Who’ of Australian talent – from John Farnham, the Choirboys and Missy Higgins to Marina Prior, Lee Kernaghan and Guy Sebastian. The rich tapestry of associates also includes many personalities, so be sure to ask him how he met Princess Di or what Barack Obama was really smiling about!
Recording credits feature ten albums, six of which he also produced and/or conducted. He has been awarded an ARIA Gold Record and had a Big Band album debut at number one on Sydney’s Jazz charts. His most recent recording production, A Century of Leadership, has received high praise and is regularly featured on national radio.
He has performed in over 1,000 venues – from Royal Palaces and Castles to famous Jazz Clubs and the Sydney Opera House. Geoff has conducted ABC Classic FM live-to-air broadcasts and recently performed works of Percy Grainger in the magnificent KKL in Switzerland, listed as one of the world’s best Concert Halls.
Geoff is the immediate past Commander and Director of the world renowned Band of the Royal Military College, only the tenth conductor to hold this prestigious post. During his tenure he was also the Music Director for visits to Australia by Kings, Queens, Premiers and Prime Ministers, and provided entertainment for all state occasions in the nation’s capital.
Geoff’s resourcefulness, imagination and creativity make his productions engaging, exciting and of the highest calibre. (He’s even convinced the Canberra Theatre to allow fireworks indoors – twice!) Recently he was the Producer, Musical Director and Conductor for the Duntroon centenary celebrations, including the outdoor concert event spectacular. Involving 70 musicians from across Australia, period music, historical narration, giant moving images projected onto buildings and a finale with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to live music, it was all followed by an impromptu speech by the Governor-General encouraging the assembled thousands to purchase a CD!