Where are you from originally?
Originally I am from Adelaide in Australia.
Have you lived in any other countries?
I lived in Scotland for a year while I was completing my master’s degree, then moved to Sydney in Australia before moving to Warsaw with my Polish wife two years ago.
What did you study and where?
Bachelor of Music with Honours (Elder conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide), Masters of Philosophy (University of Adelaide), and Doctor of Philosophy (University of Sydney).
My Doctoral degree was a huge undertaking and saw me travel a lot for research and to present some of my findings at conferences around the world. Great fun but also one of the biggest challenges of my academic and professional life so far.
How long have you been at TBS?
This is my first year teaching at TBS, before I taught music and history in a number of private schools and conservatoriums in Australia.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at our school?
In my department the integration of several curriculums, including, IB, IPC, IGCSE and the Julliard Performing Arts Curriculum has created an engaging and enhanced music curriculum for all age levels. This is the first time I have taught a combined curriculum which included the Julliard approach which I am finding particularly stimulating and rewarding.
What are you most looking forward to in the 2020/2021 academic year?
The 2020/21 academic year may very well be a year unlike any other, however, that is perhaps what I am looking forward to the most: adapting, learning, and growing to meet theses new challenges.
Who is your favourite historian/scientist/literary figure and why?
This may be one of the most challenging questions to answer. The Australian writer Tim Winton will always have a special place in my heart, his books are visceral, real, and deal with imperfect but lovable characters. I was also fortunate enough to work on the first operatic version of his book Cloudstreet a few years ago with the State Opera of South Australia.
What is your favourite thing about living in Warsaw?
The people: they are strong, determined, opinionated even, but always welcoming and keen to help a foreigner who is struggling with the Polish language.
What do you miss most from home?
Either the sunny weather or Tim Tams.