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William Kempster

I have been a devote of classical music for my entire life, and have been a high school music teacher, a university professor (DMA in Choral Conducting), and a professional conductor during my career. I have also have extensive experience as an audio editor engineer, musicologist, writer, composer, and music editor. In the course of my career so far in three countries (Australia, Canada, and the United States), I have organised and directed choirs on 10 international tours, winning major prizes in Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and Poland. I have released 15 compact discs with six different ensembles featuring repertoire from the 15th to the 21st centuries, recordings which include over 50 world premieres. I am also currently writing a book on the choral music of Australian composer Ross Edwards, as well as continuing my research on Renaissance master Pierre de la Rue. I was also the conductor, composer, and arranger of the 30 minutes of music commissioned by HBO for their prize-winning immersive production based on Game of Thrones at the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX in March 2019.


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