Paul Dean and Yarmila Alfonzetti have been appointed as the new Artistic Leadership Team behind the 2016 Festival. With outstanding joint reputations in the classical music industry and music education, Paul and Yarmila bring extensive programming and event experience to what will be a festival dedicated to the presentation of the very best in classic music.

Paul Dean | Artistic Director, Four Winds

Musician, Composer, Artistic Director, ANAM

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Paul Dean grew up in a house full of music. He says ‘I can’t remember a moment in our house when music wasn’t played or being practiced’.  A passionate supporter of youth and regional music education, he was principal clarinet with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for four years.

Paul is the founder and Artistic Laureate of the chamber ensemble Southern Cross Soloists, the Bangalow Music Festival, the SunWater and Stanwell Winter Music School in Rockhampton, the Tutti International World Youth Music Festival in Beijing and has commissioned and premiered over 100 works, including his brother Brett’s clarinet concerto Ariel’s Music.

Paul is a committed Brisbane Lions supporter and is looking forward to their next flag in 2025!

Yarmila Alfonzetti | Executive Producer, Four Winds Festival 2016

External Relations Manager, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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Yarmila Alfonzetti is currently Head of External Relations for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and prior to this was the Head of Classical Music at the Sydney Opera House. She specialised in the programming of international orchestras, new music and chamber music.

She sits on the Helpmann Classical & Opera Panel, the Classical Aria Selection Committee, the SYO Artistic Advisory Committee, the ACO Peer Review Panel and is the Deputy Chair of Ensemble Offspring. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Musicology (Hons), and a Masters of Project Management.

Liena Lacey | Creative Producer, Four Winds

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Gypsy, social entrepreneur with a commerce degree, and harpist, Liena is co-founder of Harp Centre Australia and currently Creative Producer at Four Winds.

A graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium and ANU School of Music, these days she dabbles in 17th century harp and teaches harp via Skype. Liena’s passion for the arts and culture as a catalyst for social change has led her to work on some exciting projects, including co-producing an innovative and collaborative short film on happiness in Laos; becoming a board member of Creative Literacy Laos; running beanie making workshops in remote Indigenous communities, and working for the World Harp Congress Sydney.