Geoff Grey CSM
Geoff Grey is one of Australia’s most prominent, productive and passionate ensemble leaders, with over three decades of professional music production to date.
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 was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) in the Australian Honours List.
Geoff’s current primary focuses are as the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the international Canberra Wind Symphony.
Geoff is highly regarded as an insightful, intelligent and inspirational leader, and is well respected for his exciting, fresh and engaging approach to concert production, award winning recordings, unfailing commitment to excellence and quirky sense of humour – both on stand and on stage.
His professional career includes over 8,000 live performances and a list of partnering artists that form a ‘Who’s Who’ of talent. He’s been Music Director for Queen Elizabeth II and U.S. President Barack Obama, featured live as a conductor on ABC Classic FM, and lists the Sydney Opera House and the magnificent KKL in Switzerland as his favourites of the world’s best Concert Halls to conduct in.
On the popular front he’s led ensembles for musicians ranging from John Farnham, the Choirboys and Missy Higgins to Marina Prior, Lee Kernaghan and Guy Sebastian. The rich tapestry of associates also involves so many artists, arts supporters and personalities, including Margaret Olley, Princess Di and Bill Clinton.
Recording directing and producing highlights include an ARIA Gold Record, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games anthems and the Big Band album Camouflage – Exposed debuting at number one on Sydney’s Jazz charts. His most recent project, A Century of Leadership, is a fascinating history of influential world and Australian songs, receiving high praise and regular airplay on national radio.
Geoff is a past Commander and Director of the world-renowned Band of the Royal Military College, only the tenth conductor to hold this prestigious post. He has also been Artisitic Director and Principal Conductor for the multi-awarded Canberra City Band ensembles – National Eisteddfod ‘A’ Grade Champions for the past seven years and current dual industry awardee for best ensemble of the genre.
Geoff mentors teachers at his Greysen Estate Artists’ Retreat in the Southern Tablelands/Capital Region, and provides conducting and musician management services for the Australian National University and regional conservatoria. Geoff is also the foundation Creative Producer of the recently developed Australian Defence Force Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) Program, delivering arts workshops as a rehabilitative tool for wounded, injured and ill veterans – a role he cites as his most important contribution to humanity to date.