Dr Ian Cook is a Senior Lecturer of Music at Avondale Conservatorium, Avondale College of Higher Education – Australia. Currently Ian is the Artistic Director and Conductor for Newcastle Youth Orchestra and Newcastle Wind Orchestra. He completed his PhD in 2008; the title of his thesis was Tempo Indications of Mozart: An Analytical Study of Performance Practice in the Twentieth Century as it relates to The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro. His mentor was Maestro Myer Fredman.
In 2013 and 2014 Ian held 2 Scholars and Artists in Residence Fellowships (SAR) at the National Sound and Film Archives in Canberra researching Sir Charles Mackerras’s recordings (2013) and Hector Crawford (2014). In 2015 Ian pioneered in Australia the software package – Notion Conducting Curriculum whereby it is possible to teach conducting using a virtual orchestra (London Symphony Orchestra) as the practical ensemble for conducting students.
In 2016 Ian presented a paper on the software program at the inaugural Oxford Conducting Institute Conference – Oxford University (UK). In 2017 Ian presented Notion Conducting Workshops at the Maryborough Music Conference (QLD) and the ASME National Conference in Melbourne for music educators. In June 2018 Ian is presenting at the Oxford Conducting Institute Conference. His paper is entitled ‘Does speed matter? The interpretation of a tempo indication is central in realising the contextual issues of a Mozart opera libretto when conveying the story’.