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Rick Prakhoff studied classical guitar performance and voice at the University Of Western Australia and conducting at the Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts. His conducting teachers included Johannes Fritsch, Vernon Handley, David Porcelijn, Graham Abbott, Myer Fredman and Richard Gill.
He is an experienced conductor of choral music having been Musical Director and conductor for The Geelong Chorale between 1995 and 2007. He has also been engaged as guest conductor by the Monash Chorale, the Monash Undergraduate Choral Society, the West Coast Singers, the Fremantle Choir and the Perth Undergraduate Choral Society. He is the founder of the Melbourne Bach Choir with which he conducted JS Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, most recently, during 2010, and this year was appointed as conductor of the Faculty Choir and conducting tutor at the Faculty of the VCA and Music. Rick has become closely associated with Melbourne Opera conducting Cosi Fan Tutte in 2004 for which he was nominated for a Greenroom Award. He acted as Chorus Master and backstage conductor for Turandot that same year and since then has conducted performances of the company’s seasons of The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, The Marriage Of Figaro and La Boheme, La Traviata and Tosca.