28 May 2016

Bursary Winning Musician holds local masterclass

After years of living, performing and recording in New York City, 2011 Brian Boak Bursary winner Sam Nester has returned to the Empire Theatre to share his talents in a one-off masterclass on June 4.

Mr Nester said he was excited to pass on his knowledge and hoped participants would get another perspective on brass playing and what being a musician means to him. 

“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,” Mr Nester said.

“Having the opportunity to perform for other musicians is often daunting, but always a rewarding experience.

“Masterclasses give an opportunity to hear new ideas, or often old ideas shared in new ways.

“Hearing people perform and having the opportunity to discuss their performance with them is invaluable for anyone participating or listening in.

“I have always been able to take something away from the masterclasses that I have performed in, and I hope participants of this one will too.”

Mr Nester said winning his bursary had greatly enhanced his career, even beyond the financial component of the award.

“In recent years I have been very fortunate to perform or record for the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Festival of New Trumpet Music, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, among others.

“Since 2011, I have been in constant contact with the Theatre and individual trustees who have shown a keen interest in my career trajectory and I feel that the Empire Theatres Foundation has become a touchstone for me,  offering a place to return to share news and ask advice.”

Mr Nester is currently working towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Manhattan School of Music as well as working at  the renowned Juilliard School of the Arts as Artistic Administrator of Community Engagement.