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Rick Prakhoff

Rick is a versatile conductor with a repertoire ranging from grand opera and contemporary chamber opera through to orchestral, choral and chamber music. His musical career began with the classical guitar in Perth at the age of ten, continuing those studies at the University of WA and London. After teaching classical guitar for two years in Perth and a further 18 months pursuing a solo career in London, Rick returned to Perth in order to broaden his musical career by studying conducting with Richard Gill at the WA Conservatorium of Music (WAAPA) with voice as a double major.

Since moving to Melbourne in 1994, Rick has undertaken further conducting training with Symphony Australia’s Young Conductor Development Programme from 1995-1998 and most recently in 2002 with Opera Australia, conducting the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and the State Orchestra of Victoria. Tutors included Johannes Fritsch (Germany), Gustav Meier (USA), Jorma Panula (Finland), Noam Sheriff (Israel) and Vernon Handley (UK).

Rick’s operatic experience began while studying at WAAPA, where he was variously Conductor, Chorus Master, cast and chorus member, while also singing as occasional bass/baritone soloist in concert. He also worked as Chorus Master for Opera Australia in Perth as well as singing for OA as chorus and WA Opera as both chorus and minor principal.

Rick recently conducted the critically acclaimed Australian première of the chamber opera Jane Eyre by English composer Michael Berkeley with libretto by David Malouf, produced by Stopera in Canberra. In Melbourne Rick has conducted Così fan Tutte with Melbourne Opera, the Australian première of Michael Nyman’s The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat with Operalive, La Bohème with Eastern Metropolitan Opera and Lo Sposo Deluso (Mozart) with Period Pieces Opera as well as numerous musical theatre productions. In December 2004 he was Chorus Master and back stage Conductor for the Australian Puccini Foundation’s Turandot, conducted by Richard Divall.

Rick has been Musical Director of the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, Monash Chorale and MonUCS and has conducted performances with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Stonnington Symphony, Ku-Ring-Gai Symphony, Monash Philharmonic, Altona City Theatre, Loyola Musical Society and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Victoria. Rick has been the Musical Director of the chamber choir The Geelong Chorale since 1994, most recently conducting a highly successful performance of Britten’s St Nicolas cantata in 2004. In May 2006 he will conduct Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Geelong’s Costa Hall. Rick is also the appointed conductor of the Melbourne Bach Choir.

Rick Prakhoff last conducted the Zelman Symphony on 24 November 2000.

Rick Prakhoff has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts:

24 November 2000


The above details were supplied by the individual conductor and were current at the time of their last performance with the Zelman Symphony.

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