Examiner Profile: EDWARD POPLE

EDWARD POPLE B.Mus., LRSM, Cert. High Scholastic Achievement, Indiana University Edward Pople graduated from the Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Music. He was awarded a New Zealand Broadcasting Bursary to study violin at Indiana University with Joseph Gingold, former concert master of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and Professor of violin Indiana University. While in the United States he also studied Violin with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas from the Julliard School of Music. He gained considerable performance experience as first violinist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and also with the Symphony Orchestras of Cincinnati and Indianapolis. While in Australia he was engaged to work with the Victorian State Orchestra and for many years with the Australian Philharmonic/Pops Orchestra. There were many opportunities to work with conductors and composers on the international circuit such as Sir William Walton, Walter Susskind and Henry Mancini and artists such as Alfredo Campoli, Isaac Stern, Henrick Szeryng, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dame Joan Sutherland to name but a few. Edward has presented many solo recitals in New Zealand and Australia and performed as guest soloist with orchestras in New Zealand. In addition to a considerable amount of time spent working with chamber music ensembles, Edward has become extensively involved with the training of young musicians both in New Zealand , Australia, and SE Asia and was for a period Musical Director for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Trainees (Schola Musica), convener of the National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand and Musical Director of the Junior Strings of Melbourne, Australia. On taking up residence in Australia, Edward developed his professional interests as an administrator in the Performing Arts while maintaining a high profile as a performing artist and music educationalist He has tutored for the Melbourne Youth Music Council and assisted as a member of the course review committee at the Victorian College of Arts School of Music, and Melba Conservatorium. Edward has also been a member of the Australian Music Examinations Board syllabus development committee and examiners’ committee. Edward’s administrative experience included many years as Secretary, School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and General Manager, Australian Music Examination Board (Vic) Ltd Victoria. During Edward’s many years of service to the Australian Music Examinations Board, the AMEB prospered as an organization of excellence within its field in Australia and in the Asia Pacific Region. Through Edward’s leadership, AMEB has played an important role in supporting the development of music education and standards in the community especially establishing cultural links with teachers, students and professionals in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region. Recently Edward has conducted many master classes and workshops in Malaysia and Indonesia while performing extensively within these countries and maintaining a teaching and performance practice in Melbourne Australia. He has also adjudicated in Thailand , Malaysia, Indonesia and New Zealand.