Name: Sandra Horne
Pursuit: Orchestral Conducting
My musical instruction began at an early age in Sydney on the piano. I quickly moved onto woodwind instruments studying flute and oboe and since then I have increased my instrumental skills to include a wide variety of keyboard, woodwind and string instruments. As part of my university studies I undertook four semesters of Conducting during which I decided that I wished to pursue conducting as a career path.
Upon completion of my degree in 2011, I decided I wanted to explore further options outside Australia and as such I recently moved to the United Kingdom. My goals here are to research further studying opportunities, such as a Masters and to take part in some shorter around Europe with different teachers. In order to achieve my aims and to remain in this country, I have been working full time whilst undertaking my studies and rehearsals in evenings and weekends.
Currently, I am preparing for two upcoming auditions for post-graduate at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London.
When did you start?
I was studying for my Bachelor of Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music when I started taking an extra conducting class in 2009. During those classes I learnt baton technique and analysis skills and instantly decided that this was something that I wanted to pursue. From there I started taking student ensembles and observing rehearsals of visiting conductors to learn as much as possible.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
My career highlight so far was being a Prizewinner at the St Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra's Conducting Masterclass. The course was an intense week with two internationally acclaimed conductors, Alexander Polishchuk and Mark Stringer. Working with an orchestra that didn't understand English on challenging works meant that I learnt a lot not just about conducting, but also about what is required to work on an international platform. Winning a prize on the course meant that I conducting the orchestra in one of their season concerts, being my first appearance with a professional orchestra.
What is your dream?
My dream is to be an orchestral conductor on the world stage. Female participation in the conducting world has grown significantly over the last few years, yet the top of the game remains predominantly male. I want to provide audiences with top quality music and entertainment using first class ensembles.
Who or what have inspired you?
My parents have always inspired me to work hard for my goals. They have shown me that if you really want to do something, there are sacrifices that you will need to make, sometimes more than just time and money.
Who's your hero?
Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle, Simone Young an Sir Charles Mackerras.
Any other special talents?
It changes all the time, but at the moment I am listening to Stravinsky, Weber, Wagner, Bruch, Brahms and Tchaikovsky.
I read a lot so instead of a favourite book, I have favourite authors. Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett, Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens...the list goes on.
Favourite TV Show?
I am a self-confessed Whovian so watch Doctor Who avidly. Murray Gold (the composer for the show) writes brilliant music.
Homecooked meals! My favourite meal to cook is a chicken, mushroom and white wine risotto. I also make a mean lasagne.
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
The grant will help me to attend courses over the European summer, prior to returning to study for post graduate training. I have applied to go back to Russia as well as a number of courses in the UK.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
"Wer all seine Ziele erreicht, hat sie wahrscheinlich zu niedrig gewählt." - Herbert von Karajan. "Those who have achieved all their aims probably set them too low." - Herbert von Karajan.