A diverse and versatile musician, Roy is equally comfortable conducting symphonic, operatic and commercial music, as he is as a violin soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. He is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Stonnington Symphony Orchestra, and continues associations in a variety of roles with many of the major Australian orchestras, commercial & music theatre producers, and educatory organisations.
Invitations as a guest Concertmaster include the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Singapore Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Orchestra Victoria. As a soloist he has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious halls, from the South Bank, London to Santory Hall, Tokyo to more diverse venues such as the Holy City, Jordan & the European Parliament, Brussels, and with orchestras including, the Melbourne Symphony, the Ukrainian National Philharmonic & the Bulgarian National Radio.
Roy has featured in CD recordings, as a soloist with the Orquestra do Algarve and the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra, as a chamber musician with the Brodsky Quartet, and as a conductor with Dublin Brass - available on itunes, spotify or amazon - alongside a wealth of studio sessions for commercial artists, TV and movie soundtracks, from Destiny’s Child and Nitin Sawhney, to Radiohead and Groove Armada.
Before moving to Australia to take up a contract with the Melbourne Symphony, he was concertmaster of the Orquestra do Algarve, Portugal for six years during which time he also regularly conducted or directed concerts alongside fully staged Theatre, Ballet and Opera productions, various outdoor pops and crossover media shows, plus instigated a C20th music series. Other engagements during this period were as a guest concertmaster in Portugal with Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, in Spain with Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla & Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, in the UK with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, in Ireland with the RTE Concert Orchestra and in Scandinavia with the Trondheim Symphony & the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
More recently he has been a regular conductor with the Melbourne University/VCA Orchestra and the Monash Academy Orchestra, and for a number of years was part of Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development Program, working with the Tasmanian, Auckland, and Adelaide Orchestras. Other highlights include as an MD for the late, great, Marvin Hamlisch with the Melbourne Symphony and has conducted pops gigs with the likes of Dave Grainy, Rebecca Barnard, Ella Hooper and Lior.
Early musical education in the UK was as a chorister in Chichester Cathedral Choir and as a viola player at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Wen Zhou Li & Maurizio Fuchs, then at the Royal Academy of Music, London, studying violin with Erich Gruenberg & Howard Davis, and conducting with Colin Metters & Denise Ham, and at the Vienna Conservatoire with Boris Kuschnir. Post studies he toured extensively as a violinist with the Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields and the London Chamber Orchestra, freelanced with the Philharmonia and London Sinfonietta, and was a conductor for Disney’s West End Musical “The Lion King”, a role he returned to in Melbourne for the 2015 production.
As an educator he has contributed to the Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne University/VCA, Monash University, Australian National Academy of Music, and his students have had success in the ABC Young Performers Award, gone on to further studies in music colleges overseas, and hold positions in major orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic.
In 2013 Roy was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London “in recognition of his significant contribution to the music profession”, and also holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Australian Institute of Business. He also runs marathons, having completed several full and half marathons in both London and Melbourne, and whist on the subject has also played in two Wagner Ring Cycles.
He is fortunate to have been lent a number of prestigious instruments including Yehudi Menuhin's Carlo Antonio Testore viola c.1750, and violins by Matteo Goffriller c.1710, Giovanni Francesco Pressenda c.1830, and currently he plays on his own Honoré Derazey, c.1840.