Myer Fredman
Orchestrator, Arranger, Transcriber, 1932 - 2014
Orchestral Works Chamber Works Wind Band Works

After 50 years as a Symphonic and Operatic conductor, Myer Fredman began utilising his considerable experience to enlarge the orchestral and symphonic wind repertoire by arranging, orchestrating and/or transcribing works by such composers as Bach, Handel, Tchaikovsky and Elgar who, like Mozart, Ravel and Britten were pre-eminent in this genre. Operatic extracts (without voices) are also included. Some of Myer's early orchestration work includes scoring parts of the film music for Exodus and Lawrence of Arabia.


After formal studies, Myer Fredman worked at Glyndebourne from 1959 to 1974 initially as Chorus Master, then Conductor culminating in the position of First Conductor & Head of Music Staff. He was instrumental in the formation of Glyndebourne Touring Opera (now Glyndebourne on Tour) and was appointed its initial Music Director concurrent with conducting engagements in Ireland, Belgium, France, Poland, Romania, Germany, Scandinavia and Canada.

After making his debut with the Australian Opera in 1974 in the recently opened Sydney Opera House, he was engaged by the New Opera Company in Adelaide, South Australia as its first Music Director and after it became The State Opera of South Australia he conducted the Australian premieres of Tippett's Midsummer Marriage (in the presence of the composer), and Britten's Death in Venice at consecutive Adelaide Festivals.

From 1980 to 2000 he was Head of the Opera School at the Sydney Conservatorium and regularly conducted the six Australian symphony orchestras in both concerts and recordings as well as conducting for the Australian Opera (now Opera Australia) later becoming one of its Artistic Associates. Myer was then Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania's Conservatorium of Music, until he passed away in July of 2014.

Discography includes:

Premiere recordings:

Arnold Bax, Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, London Philharmonic (Lyrita)
Havergal Brian, Symphonies Nos. 6 and 16, London Philharmonic (Lyrita)
Ross Edwards, Piano Concerto, Queensland Symphony (ABC)
Eugene Goosens, The Apocalypse, Sydney Symphony (ABC)
Edmund Rubbra, Inscape, Jacques Orchestra (Decca)
Peter Sculthorpe, Piano Concerto, Melbourne Symphony (ABC)
Peter Sculthorpe, the opera Quiros (ABC; also on DVD)
Robert Still, Elegie and Concerto for Strings, Jacques Orchestra (Decca)
Robert Still, Symphony No. 4, Royal Philharmonic (Lyrita)

He has also recorded Puccini's Le Villi (producer John Culshaw), the Partita for Double String Orchestra by Vaughan Williams, The Prima Donna by Arthur Benjamin, works by Britten and Delius for Naxos with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Respighi's Piano Concerto Concerto in Modo Misolidio, and others.


The Conductor's Domain; a guide for aspiring maestri.
Thames Publishing/William Elkin Music Services:ISBN 0-903413515
Foreword by Sir Charles Mackerras.

From Idomeneo to Die Zauberflote; A conductor's commentary.
Sussex Academic Press: ISBN 1-903900-10-7
Foreword by Sir Charles Mackerras.

The Drama of Opera: exotic and irrational entertainment.
Sussex Academic Press: ISBN 1-903900-49-2 and 1-903900-50-6
Foreword by Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge.

Maestro, Conductor or Metro-gnome? Reflections from the Rostrum.
Sussex Academic Press: ISBN 1-84519-124-2
For concertgoers to appreciate how they differ.