Alastair comes from Wangaratta, and went to Border Music Camp as a student from 1989 to 1991. He was then a violin tutor, concert manager and deputy director, before becoming Director in 1997. He was educated at Wangaratta High School and subsequently attended the University of Sydney, where he gained a BMus (Hons) in composition, studying under Peter Sculthorpe and Ross Edwards. He worked at the Australian Youth Orchestra from 1997 until 2000, when he was appointed Orchestra Librarian for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has been the employee-elected member of the MSO Board since 2009. Alastair has written program notes and given talks for, among others, the MSO, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and ABC Classic FM. He has sung in choirs for many years, and highlights of his on-stage career include page-turning for Thomas Adès, and playing cannon in the MSO’s performances of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Alastair would like everyone to know that the Viola is the KING OF INSTRUMENTS.