Acclaimed musician of great versatility, Roland Peelman was born in Belgium and has been active in Australia for over 30 years as a conductor, pianist, artistic director and mentor to composers, singers and musicians alike.
Roland has received numerous accolades for his commitment to the creative arts in Australia and specifically for his 25-year directorship of The Song Company, from 1990 – 2015, during which the group grew into one of Australia’s most outstanding and innovative ensembles. Since 2015 Roland has been Artistic Director of the yearly Canberra International Music Festival.
His repertoire includes the major classical works as well as a vast oeuvre of early and new music. His passion for the latter has led to his directing numerous recordings and premiere seasons of new operas such as Black River, Fahrenheit 451, The Burrow, The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior and Gauguin to name just a few.
He has worked with most orchestras in Australia and has conducted an abundance of new work with specialist ensembles such as Sydney Alpha, Libra and Ictus (Belgium-Germany) and most regularly with Australia’s leading new music group Ensemble Offspring.
He remains a regular guest at festivals in Australia and abroad and continues to develop new projects that intend to change and re-invigorate the nature of traditional practice.
In 2016 Roland conducted Opera Queensland’s touring production of The Barber of Seville and, in 2017, he returns to conduct Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse! as well as Opera at Jimbour as part of the Queensland Music Festival.