Sam Weller is looking forward to the challenges ahead as he enters his third year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The ambitious saxophone student has developed a passion for conducting during his time at university and is now attempting to combine his two loves.
Weller is the Artistic and Musical Director of Ensemble Apex. This symphony orchestra began as a much smaller, student chamber orchestra, and with over 60 musicians the group has now swelled into a more symphonic size. Ensemble Apex were fortunate enough to perform with musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for Vivid Sydney’s IGNITE, symphonic dance anthems at City Recital Hall last year, and are set to return to the stage with the one-of-a-kind spectacular at the Enmore theatre next month.
Weller is also a member of the Conservatorium’s Wind Symphony led by Dr John Lynch. Playing under Dr Lynch’s leadership sparked Sam’s interest in conducting himself, “Dr Lynch’s rehearsal technique is unique”, Weller explained. “Watching him has resulted in me experimenting with my own rehearsal techniques, which are vital to a conductor’s success”.
In 2017, Weller was very fortunate to tour Verona, Italy for the Con’s Estivo European Chamber Music Summer School with his saxophone group Luxum. “The preparation and the summer school itself challenged my analytical and musicological skills which are integral to a young conductor’s success in front of an orchestra”, said Weller. As a result of this, Weller was selected to attend the Australian Conducting Academy with Johannes Fritzsch and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in his summer holidays earlier this year.
Ensemble Apex will begin their 2018 concert program with a performance at the Con’s Music Workshop Friday, 9 March, 8pm. Entry is free.