Classical music to strengthen regional ties

The heads of 11 elite tertiary music schools from across the Asia Pacific region are meeting in Sydney this week.

Asia Pacific Music Summit delegates gather on the steps of Sydney Opera House. Image supplied.

Senior staff from institutions in China, Singapore, California, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan are meeting with their counterparts from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney, and the Victorian College of the Arts/Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, as well as the School of Music at the University of Auckland, at the inaugural Asia Pacific Music Summit.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts