Chief Concert Adjudicator - Professor Alan Lourens, D.Mus
Professor Alan Lourens is Head of the School of Music at the University of Western Australia, a school ranked no. 33 in the world by the QS rankings. Dr. Lourens teaches conducting, and directs the Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and other ensembles. Previously, he has held Professorial positions in Singapore, Dubai and Australia at leading arts institutions. A performer on Euphonium, Professor Lourens is also the head of Brass, and he is active in the Brass Band movement as conductor, composer and soloist. He has appeared as a soloist and ensemble member under such conductors as Frederick Fennell, Harry Begian, Vernon Handley, Paul Daniels, Ray E. Cramer and Simone Young. His Euphonium Concerto was premiered by Riki McDonnell in 2016, and his compositions are arrangements have been released by Connecticut based Cimarron Music.
Prof. Lourens holds a Doctorate and Masters from the world renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied conducting with Ray E. Cramer and Euphonium with Daniel Perantoni, M. Dee Stewart and Harvey G. Phillips. He received a coveted Performers Certificate for the quality of his Masters recital.
Professor Lourens earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education. Dr. Lourens taught high school music for 5 years where he directed award-winning ensembles, before being appointed as the Conducting Support Teacher for the state of Western Australia.
Prof. Lourens has many articles and music publications to his credit, including analysis contributions to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series of books, recent contributions to the MBM Times, and the Journal of the California Music Educators. He has also co-authored several books on the planning, policy and development of Universities.
Chief Brass Adjudicator - David Bremner
David Bremner is Principal trombone of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to this appointment, he was principal trombone of the Auckland Philharmonia. Born in New Plymouth, David began his early musical studies on cornet and euphonium under the tutelage of his father Trevor Bremner. After moving to Trombone he went on to graduate with honours from Victoria University of Wellington studying with Marc Taddei. He was awarded the prestigious Patricia Pratt Scholarship to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and graduated with a Master of Music degree studying with Mark Lawrence. During this time he was a finalist in the Gisborne Music Competition, placed 3rd in the NZ Young Musicians Competition, and won the Shenson Young Musicians competition in California.
As a soloist, David has performed concertos with the NZ Symphony Orchestra, including the world premiere of Gareth Farr’s trombone concerto ‘Funambulistic Strains’, recorded Lyell Cresswell’s concerto ‘Kaia’ for Naxos Records, was one of 7 featured NZSO Principals in Eve De Castro-Robinson’s ‘The Glittering hosts of Heaven’, and performed Sandstrom’s Double Trombone Concerto with Christian Lindberg. In 2009 his debut solo CD Gung-Ho, featuring the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the National Brass Band of NZ, won the Classical Music Award at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards.
A versatile musician, David has recorded with the New Zealand rock band ‘Crowded House’, performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, as well as many brass bands across Australasia and the UK. He is a founding member of ‘Bonanza’ Trombone Quartet, and is the former Music Director of the 2013/14/15/16 Champion Band of NZ and 2015 Australian Champion Band, Wellington Brass.
Bremner is heavily involved in music education in NZ, previously teaching trombone at the NZ School of Music for over 10 years, and is currently a trustee of the Kia Ora Foundation. He is also the presenter of Brilliant Brass on Radio Concert.