Ian Sykes studied at the University of Newcastle with Margery Smith, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (first class honours). Subsequent studies have included a Master of Music (performance) degree with Catherine McCorkill at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and private lessons in Australia and London.
Ian is a busy freelance musician, dividing his time between chamber and orchestral music, music theatre and pedagogy. Ian has performed in productions of Mary Poppins – The Musical, Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific and Doctor Zhivago and has toured Australia with Michael Crawford and West Side Story 2010. Ian performs regularly with Sydney Philharmonia’s Festival Orchestra and has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra as well as the education programs for Musica Viva and Sydney Opera House. Ian currently teaches clarinet at Barker College, Monte St Angelo Mercy College and St Aloysius College.
Ian Sykes’ concerts
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Blog posts and interviews with Ian Sykes
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We asked Ian a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? Music has always been an important part of my life, as a child I loved singing and I began keyboard lessons in primary school. When I started high school I had the opportunity to begin instrumental lessons, and desperately wanted to play the French horn. Unfortunately my school had no French horns, but I was offered the clarinet instead… it’s worked out pretty well for me!
I decided to become a musician at the end of year 11, the thought of not playing my clarinet every day after school made me realize it was what I wanted to do.
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? In the kitchen cooking up a storm! I love relaxing by creating an amazing meal, especially if it’s something I haven’t tried before.
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? A beer, of course! Unless it’s a champagne Sunday!
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? There are so many factors to consider, but I prefer a short recital-style concert, around an hour long. Maybe it’s my short attention span.
- When should we clap? Whenever you feel the need! I think performers always appreciate applause, and audiences like to feel involved.
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