Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra – Our Conductor



With an enviable reputation as one of Australia’s leading conductors, Christopher Kopke enjoys a busy performance schedule in Melbourne and throughout Australia.

The resident conductor of the Heidelberg Symphony since 1994 and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Preston Symphony from 1997 – 2007, Christopher has also been a guest conductor of the ‘Concerto Collection’ Orchestra in association with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, the Port Fairy Spring Festival, the Australian Army Band – Melbourne and is a regular guest conductor of the Kooyong Chamber Players.

Christopher has conducted a live broadcast on ABC Classic FM of Malcolm Williamson’s Concerto for 4 Pianos and Wind Quintet, with members of Orchestra Victoria. He also conducted a highly acclaimed performance by the Toowoomba Chamber Orchestra in association with Joe Chindamo, Australia’s premier jazz pianist. Christopher has also worked with and conducted the Monash University Chamber Orchestra.

As well as an examiner for the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB), Christopher has lectured in string pedagogy at the University of Melbourne and Victoria University. He has toured New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia & Brunei on behalf of the AMEB, where he presented clinics and master-classes for young violinists and pedagogical workshops for teachers. Christopher is currently the Head of Strings at Genazzano FCJ College in Melbourne.

Chris was the Head of Strings at Genazzano F.C.J. College in Melbourne from 2007-2021 and he is currently the Orchestral Strings Co-ordinator at Carey Baptist Grammar School in Kew, Melbourne.

See Christopher Kopke’s website at kopke.com.au