Damien studied double bass with Max Mcbride at the Canberra School of Music, and Prof. Timothy Dunin at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Oberschutzen, Austria.
In Australia, he has played with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.
Internationally, Damien has worked with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Graz Philharmonic, the Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler Orchester, the WDR Symphony Orchester Köln, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, and others.
As a chamber musician and soloist, Damien has appeared in concerts throughout Australia, Germany, Austria and Japan, China, Hong Kong, collaborating with orchestras, musicians, and ensembles from all over the world.
Damien is passionate about music education and is Coordinator of Double Bass at the Australian National Academy of Music, and Lecturer in Double Bass at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University, as well as giving master classes throughout Australia and Japan. He is also involved in ensemble and chamber music coaching, working often with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Music, and the Kanazawa University Orchestra amongst others.
If I had not become a musician, I’d be…
I would like to be involved in Foreign Affairs. I like other languages and cultures.
What is your ideal classical concert program?
Start with the Mother Goose Suite of Ravel, then Mozart piano concerto 27 B flat major, Andras Schiff playing piano and then Brahms 4 and for an encore, Roses of the South by Strauss and the conductor would be Carlos Kleiber.
Where in Victoria do you most like to perform?
Bendigo, mainly because of the restaurants and the city itself. There are great, big Victorian grand things that you wouldn’t see in Sydney and not necessarily even Melbourne.