For Queensland born musician and 2016 Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary recipient Sam Nester, achievement in the arts has shaped not only his life but his musical repertoire.
Having received The Empire Theatres Foundation's Brian Boak Developing Performer Bursary in 2011, Mr Nester has yet again proved his musical prowess and determination to succeed musically by receiving The Empire Theatres Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary this year.
“Being awarded this bursary is an enormous opportunity for me to complete an ambitious project that would otherwise not have had the support required, at the same time; this bursary will greatly assist the completion of my higher education.” Mr Nester said.
“I am also excited to be returning to Toowoomba for a performance at the end of the bursary to share the work I have completed."
Mr Nester plans to utilise The Empire Theatres Foundation’s Youth Bursary worth more than $17, 000 to fund the completion of his doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music, as well as partly fund a composition and performance project named “Terra Incognita” that explores the nature of isolated communities inspired by similar themes used in the work of virtuoso Glenn Gould.
Mr Nester will be returning to New York to continue his teaching and performances at the Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp before travelling extensively to a variety of rural and remote communities in Australia, the United States and several other countries in order to complete his “Terra Incognita” project.
Earlier this year Mr Nester also briefly returned to the Empire Theatre providing a one-off masterclass for the brass players of the Toowoomba community.
The masterclass allowed both Mr Nester and participants to share new ideas and techniques.
“The opportunity to come and meet the brass players of the Toowoomba community and share what I have learned, what the Empire has allowed me to continue to pursue, is very exciting for me,” he said.
“Hearing people perform and having the opportunity to discuss their performance with them is invaluable for anyone participating or listening in.”
A trumpet player and conductor, Mr Nester completed his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2007 before furthering his studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, eventually being awarded a place on the University’s Deans Honours List when he graduated.
In 2010 he was awarded an Australian-American Fulbright Scholarship for his academic and professional achievements as a performing artist.
“Receiving these bursaries has been a great honour as a performer, and has meant that I have been recognised and been given amazing opportunities as a result,” said Mr Nester.
In recent years Mr Nester has been fortunate enough to perform or record for the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Festival of New Trumpet Music, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, among others.