Background: Born in Perth. Commenced study with Peter Moore at the University of Western Australia completing Bachelor of Music (honours) in 1998. Commenced postgraduate studies in 2001, bassoon under Professor Eckart Hübner (SWR Baden-Baden), and contrabassoon with Thomas Kollikowski (Deutsche Oper Berlin), resulting in a diploma from the Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany 2004. Winner of the Henry Dettman scholarship, WA Youth Orchestra/Arts WA grant, the WA Citizen of the Year Youth Arts Award, and two years’ scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Spent 2003/04 on a practical contract with the Duisburger Philharmoniker, orchestra of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duisburg/Düsseldorf, which instilled an appreciation of opera and valuable experience before starting with the AOBO.