Luke Dollman

Dr Luke Dollman

Deputy Director - Lecturer in Conducting

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor), but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Luke Dollman has extensive experience conducting leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. At the Elder Conservatorium of Music he leads the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra and Elder Music Lab, and has a keen interest in promoting new music. He is active as a teacher of conducting, leading the Elder Con's new Masters program, and gives regular masterclasses around Australia and overseas.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Deputy Director Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide
    2016 Lecturer in Conducting Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    German Can read, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2010 - 2014 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2001 - 2004 Sibelius Academy Finland M.Mus (Conducting)
    1992 - 1995 University of Adelaide Australia B.Mus (Hons)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    1988 Licentiate diploma in violin performance Trinity College London United Kingdom
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2016 Dollman, L. (2016). A gulf of difference: conducting pedagogues Ilya Musin and Jorma Panula. The Musical Times, 157(1936), 63-74.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2019 Dollman, L. (2019). Can conducting be taught? An exploration of the challenges of teaching conducting at the tertiary level.. In Oxford Conducting Institute International Conducting Studies Conference..
  • Live Performance of Creative Works

    Year Citation
    2019 Dollman, L. (2019). Appalachian Spring Project Concert (No. Of Pieces: 60 minutes) [Conductor of performance]. Elder Hall: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
    2019 Dollman, L. (2019). Amjad Ali Khan & the ASO (Australian Premiere) (No. Of Pieces: 40 minutes) [Conductor of performance]. Womadelaide, Botanic Gardens, Adelaide..
    2018 Dollman, L. (2018). Dot and the Kangaroo by Rachel Bruerville. World premiere performance (No. Of Pieces: 15 minutes) [Conductor of Symphony Orchestra]. Elder Hall, Adelaide; South Australia: University of Adelaide - Elder Conservatorium of Music.
    2018 Dollman, L. (2018). Dido and Aeneas, Conductor Luke Dollman (No. Of Pieces: 80 minutes, 3 performances) [Musical conductor]. Plant 4, Bowden, Adelaide: State Opera of South Australia.
    2018 Dollman, L. (2018). The Red Cross Gala - State Opera of SA's Regional Tour for Beyond The Stage (No. Of Pieces: 130 minutes) [Production concept & conductor]. Goodwood Institute Theatre, Adelaide: State Opera of South Australia.
    2017 Dollman, L. (2017). Yidaki: William Barton and the ASO (No. Of Pieces: Two hour performance) [Performance]. Adelaide Town Hall: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
    2017 Dollman, L. (2017). In Flight - ASO/ECSO, animateur Paul Rissmann, conductor Luke Dollman (No. Of Pieces: 70 minutes) [Performance]. Elder Hall, University of Adelaide.
    2017 Dollman, L. (2017). In Flight - ASO/ECSO, animateur Paul Rissmann, conductor Luke Dollman (No. Of Pieces: 70 minutes) [Performance]. Elder Hall, University of Adelaide.
    2017 Dollman, L. (2017). Charles Wood's Harmonia. World Premiere. Conductor Luke Dollman (No. Of Pieces: 15 minutes) [Performance]. Elder Hall, University of Adelaide.
    2017 Dollman, L. (2017). Rachel Bruerville - Hildegard Concerto. World Premiere. Conductor Luke Dollman (No. Of Pieces: 20 minutes) [Orchestra conductor]. Concordia College Chapel, Adelaide: Adelaide Wind Orchestra.
    2016 Bodman Rae, J., & Dollman, L. (2016). Australian Premiere of Nocturne in C minor opus 48 no.1 by Fryderyk Chopin orchestrated by Charles Bodman Rae (No. Of Pieces: 8 minutes) [Work for symphonic orchestra]. Sydney: Australian Music Centre, Sydney.
    2016 Dollman, L. (2016). Sinfonia No.1. Music by John Polglase. World premiere conducted by Luke Dollman. (No. Of Pieces: 15 minutes) [Performance]. Elder Hall, University of Adelaide.
    2016 Dollman, L. (2016). Remembering is a Form of Forgetting. Music by Dylan Crismani. World premiere conducted by Luke Dollman. (No. Of Pieces: 10 minutes) [Performance]. Elder Hall, University of Adelaide.
    2016 Dollman, L. (2016). The Magic Flute. Music by Mozart. A new production conducted by Luke Dollman. (No. Of Pieces: 2 hours 20 minutes) [Performance]. Freemason's Hall, Adelaide..
    2016 Dollman, L. (2016). The Petrushka Project, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. (No. Of Pieces: 30 minutes) [Performance]. Adelaide.
    2015 Dollman, L. (2015). Kalevi Aho Theremin Concerto, German Premiere. (No. Of Pieces: 24 minutes) [Performance]. Halle, Germany.
    2015 Dollman, L. (2015). Long Shadow's Cast. Music by Samuel Smith. World premiere conducted by Luke Dollman (No. Of Pieces: 12 minutes) [Performance]. Adelaide.
    2014 Dollman, L. (2014). Our Don. Music by Natalie Williams. World premiere conducted by Luke Dollman. (No. Of Pieces: 30 minutes) [Performance]. Adelaide Town Hall.
    2014 Dollman, L. (2014). Introduced Species. Music by Katie Abbott. World premiere conducted by Luke Dollman. (No. Of Pieces: 20 Minutes) [Performance]. Melbourne: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
    2012 Dollman, L. (2012). Kammer Ensemble: ‘English Voices’ (No. Of Pieces: 90 Mins.) [Composer]. Sydney Conservatorium of Music: Kammer Ensemble.
    2011 Dollman, L. (2011). Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 75th Anniversary Gala Concert (No. Of Pieces: 3 hours) [Performance]. ABC studios, Adelaide: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
    2011 Dollman, L. (2011). Cinderella. Music by Lera Auerbach, choreography by Terence Kohler, conducted by Luke Dollman. (No. Of Pieces: 44 minutes) [Performance]. Helsinki, Finland: Finnish National Opera/Sikorski.
    2010 Dollman, L. (2010). Oulu Festival Dance Programme (No. Of Pieces: Unknown) [Performance]. Oulu, Finland: Oulu Music Festival.
    2010 Dollman, L. (2010). NZSO/Sounz Todd Composer Awards. Workshops, performances and recordings. (No. Of Pieces: Unknown) [Performance]. Wellington, New Zealand: Sounz.
    2008 Dollman, L. (2008). John Woolrich The Elephant from Celebes and Peter Maxwell Davies Symphony No.4 (No. Of Pieces: 45 minutes) [Performance]. United Kingdom: BBC.
  • Recorded/Rendered Creative Works

    Year Citation
    2018 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 2 Performance
    Title: Home - DECCA CD release - Greta Bradman, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conductor Luke Dollman
    Authors: Dollman L, Bradman G, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
    Publisher: Decca
    Place of publication: International release
    Publication date: 13 April 2018
    Extent: 75 minutes 31 seconds
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Research Background
    In April 2017 soprano Greta Bradman, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and conductor Luke Dollman gathered to record the album 'Home' in St Peters Cathedral, Adelaide. This followed an extensive process of repertoire selection and a brief rehearsal period.

    Research Contribution
    Initial research focussed on what works to include on the CD. As this was a commercial release many factors needed to be considered - what would sell, what was artistically interesting to the artists (Greta and Luke) and what would fit Greta's voice type. Once repertoire was selected correct editions of music needed to be sourced and in many cases corrected. A special feature of the project was the commissioning of composer Richard Mills to write three new arrangements of old songs, including one by Don Bradman, Greta's grandfather. Further research involved developing interpretations of the works, followed by the recording process itself.

    Research Significance
    The CD was released internationally in April 2018 by the DECCA record company, one of the most prestigious labels in the world. The CD was nominated for an ARIA award and was number 1 in the classical charts for several months. The inclusion of three world premiere recordings of new works by renowned composer Richard Mills give the project added research significance.
    Other output evidence: https://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/reviews/home-greta-bradman/
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 26 November 2018

    2018 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 2 Performance
    Title: Home - DECCA CD release - Greta Bradman, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conductor Luke Dollman
    Authors: Dollman L, Bradman G, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
    Publisher: Decca
    Place of publication: International release
    Publication date: 13 April 2018
    Extent: 75 minutes 31 seconds
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Research Background
    In April 2017 soprano Greta Bradman, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and conductor Luke Dollman gathered to record the album 'Home' in St Peters Cathedral, Adelaide. This followed an extensive process of repertoire selection and a brief rehearsal period.

    Research Contribution
    Initial research focussed on what works to include on the CD. As this was a commercial release many factors needed to be considered - what would sell, what was artistically interesting to the artists (Greta and Luke) and what would fit Greta's voice type. Once repertoire was selected correct editions of music needed to be sourced and in many cases corrected. A special feature of the project was the commissioning of composer Richard Mills to write three new arrangements of old songs, including one by Don Bradman, Greta's grandfather. Further research involved developing interpretations of the works, followed by the recording process itself.

    Research Significance
    The CD was released internationally in April 2018 by the DECCA record company, one of the most prestigious labels in the world. The CD was nominated for an ARIA award and was number 1 in the classical charts for several months. The inclusion of three world premiere recordings of new works by renowned composer Richard Mills give the project added research significance.
    Other output evidence: https://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/reviews/home-greta-bradman/
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 26 November 2018

    2012 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 2 Performance
    Title: Kammer Ensemble: ‘English Voices’
    Authors: Dollman L
    Author affiliation: A1034839
    Publisher: Kammer Ensemble
    Place of publication: Sydney Conservatorium of Music
    Publication date: 2012
    Extent: Unknown
    Notes: In July 2012 Luke Dollman conducted Sydney’s Kammer Ensemble in a carefully curated programme of British Contemporary works by George Benjamin, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Thomas Ades and Harrison Birtwistle, all of which were Australian premieres. The research questions revolved around the relationships of these living composers to the past, particularly through the use of musical forms from bygone eras, thus making it an innovative and unique programme, shedding new light on to the current practices of four of Britain’s leading composers. Kammer Ensemble is comprised of leading musicans from the Sydney Symphony and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and can thus be considered to be of a high artistic standard. The performance was favourably reviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald:
    http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/taste-of-the-new-with-echoes-from-a-rich-past-20120723-22kb6.html
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 12 November 2014
    2010 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 2 Performance
    Title: NZSO-SOUNZ-RNZC Performance 2010
    Authors: Dollman L
    Author affiliation: C1034839
    Publisher: Sounz
    Place of publication: Wellington, New Zealand
    Publication date: 2010
    Extent: 45 minutes
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Research Background: In October 2010, Luke Dollman conducted five world premiere recordings of new works by leading New Zealand composers. These recordings were made in a studio environment with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and have been published by Sounz, the NZ equivalent of the Australian Music Centre (http://sounz.org.nz/manifestations/show/15556). Research Contribution: Research centred on the process of transferring new works from the written score into sound, and then to the recorded medium. That the recordings accurately reflected the intentions of the composer as much as possible was of great importance, as these recordings will likely be used as models for future live performances. Composers were present where possible, and a mature interpretation was sought through an accelerated gestation period. Of particular interest was Jack Speirs’ ‘The Islands’, which had been completed posthumously by Gillian Whitehead. In this case the interpretation had to be arrived at through collaboration between Whitehead and Dollman, but without the input of the original composer, adding another depth of complexity to the interpretative process. Research Significance: The NZSO is New Zealand’s leading orchestra and these works have since been broadcast on Radio NZ.
    Description: In October 2010, Luke Dollman conducted five world premiere recordings of new works by leading New Zealand composers. These recordings were made in a studio environment with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and have been published by Sounz, the NZ equivalent of the Australian Music Centre (http://sounz.org.nz/manifestations/show/15556).
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 12 November 2014
    2010 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 2 Performance
    Title: NZSO/Sounz Todd Composer Awards. Workshops, performances and recordings.
    Authors: Dollman L
    Author affiliation: A1034839
    Publisher: Sounz
    Place of publication: Wellington, New Zealand
    Publication date: 2010
    Extent: Unknown
    Notes: In October 2010 Luke Dollman led the Todd Composer Awards, a workshop for 9 young New Zealand composers, culminating in world premiere performances and recordings with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The project was presented in collaboration with Sounz, the NZ equivalent of the Australian Music Centre. Research questions centred around the performance challenges presented by the new works of composers who were still learning how to write for orchestra. Problematic areas were identified by Dollman and then workshopped with the composer in question, either in one to one sessions, or with the orchestra, allowing for experimentation and the trial of different solutions. It was found that young composers need to better understand the technical capabilities of each individual orchestral instrument. This problem has been exacerbated by the fact that many students now write directly to a computer and judge the success of the piece by midi playback. At the conclusion of the project each work was performed and recorded, providing a document of the experience of each participant. The NZSO is one of the leading orchestras in the Australasian region, and as such the research was conducted in an environment of artistic excellence.
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 12 November 2014
    2008 Publication status: Published
    NTRO sub category: 2 Performance
    Title: John Woolrich The Elephant from Celebes and Peter Maxwell Davies Symphony No.4
    Authors: Dollman L
    Author affiliation: A1034839
    Place of publication: United Kingdom
    Publication date: 2008
    Location: BBC
    Extent: Unknown
    Notes: In January 2008 Luke Dollman recorded two seminal British works with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In the case of the work by Woolrich, this was a World Premiere Recording, whilst it was the second recording made of the symphony of Peter Maxwell Davies. The research questions then centred around the contrasting approaches required of the interpreter in this situation, particularly as the existing recording of the Maxwell Davies was a live recording conducted by the composer. In many places, the recording diverged greatly from the written instructions provided by the composer in the score. Hence the question arose as to which source the interpreter should follow. A correspondence was entered into with Mr Maxwell Davies who was able to clarify some matters. However, he felt that the final decisions lay with the performer, who should take the written score as the primary source. Thus the final performance recorded was an amalgamation of the written score, the pre-existing recording, and the conductor and orchestra’s own musical instincts. Recording the Woolrich was more straightforward, the score being the only authoritative source. This sequence of events sheds interesting light on the process of interpreting contemporary works. Artistic excellence was demonstrated through the high level of all participants in the project.
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 12 November 2014
  • Curated or Produced Public Exhibition or Events

    Year Citation
    2019 Dollman, L. (2019). Larger than Life: Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra and the Band of the South Australia Police (No. Of Pieces: 100 minutes) [Curator and conductor of performance]. Elder Hall, University of Adelaide; South Australia: Conservatorium of Music, Concert Series 2019.
    2018 Dollman, L. W. (2018). Elder Music Lab at the Wheatsheaf Hotel. (No. Of Pieces: 40 minutes) [Producer and artistic director of musical event]. Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide; South Australia: Elder Music Lab.
    2016 Dollman, L. (2016). Black Friday Music - Elder Conservatorium New Music Ensemble (No. Of Pieces: 70 minutes) [Exhibition]. Hartley Concert Room, University of Adelaide.
    2016 Dollman, L. (2016). Boulez Memoriale - Elder Conservatorium New Music Collective (No. Of Pieces: 60 minutes) [Exhibition]. Elder Hall, University of Adelaide.
    2012 Dollman, L. (2012). Kammer Ensemble: ‘English Voices’ (No. Of Pieces: Unknown) [Exhibition]. Sydney Conservatorium of Music: Kammer Ensemble.
    2011 Dollman, L. (2011). Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 75th Anniversary Gala Concert (No. Of Pieces: Unknown) [Exhibition]. ABC studios, Adelaide: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
    2010 Dollman, L. (2010). NZSO/Sounz Todd Composer Awards. Workshops, performances and recordings. (No. Of Pieces: Unknown) [Exhibition]. Wellington, New Zealand: Sounz.

Dr Luke Dollman leads the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, as well the Conservatorium's new music ensemble, Elder Music Lab. He lectures in music history and delivers an undergraduate elective in conducting. At the present time he has 7 students majoring in conducting at Postgraduate or Honours level.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Physiology of Condotery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tully Brookes
    2019 Co-Supervisor Preluding the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by J. S. Bach: Portfolio of Recorded Performances and Exegesis Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Nicole Lochens
    2019 Principal Supervisor Horn Ensembles in Australia: A History of the Genre and Catalogue of Endemic Repertoire Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Emma Gregan
    2018 Co-Supervisor Re-orchestration for Wind Orchestra: a Portfolio of Compositions with Exegesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Martin Timothy Cheney
    2017 Co-Supervisor Stravimskys Petrouchka: Four Hands versus two pianos Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Macarena Alejandra Zambrano Godoy
    2017 Co-Supervisor The Oboe Sings: Translating Belcanto Song for the Oboe Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Charles Henry Klein
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  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Beyond The Stage - Creative Arts Symposium State Library of South Australia
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2019 - 2019 Adjudicator for Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concerto Competition Advice Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, National University of Singapore Singapore
    2013 - ongoing AMEB Examiner Advice AMEB
  • Position: Deputy Director - Lecturer in Conducting
  • Phone: 83135860
  • Email: luke.dollman@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Schulz, floor 11
  • Room: 11 16
  • Org Unit: Elder Conservatorium of Music

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