Kate Mawson

Conductor Adelaide Youth Orchestra

Born in Adelaide, Kate Mawson graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Jazz, Saxophone) from the Elder Conservatorium of Music (University of Adelaide) in 2004. She gained her education qualifications (Graduate Diploma of Education) from Monash University in Melbourne in 2006.

Sami Butler

Director, Percussion Ensemble

Sami Butler joined the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2022 as Associate Principal Percussion and Timpani, having previously worked with them as a guest musician since 2015. Prior to this, he was the Percussion Fellow in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and 2018 and completed his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 2015, studying at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music with Amanda Grigg.

Sarah Byron

Conductor, Adelaide Youth Winds
Sarah Byron is an Adelaide-based saxophonist, educator and conductor, passionate about providing musical opportunities to all students and developing the wind orchestra scene in South Australia.

As a graduate of the University of Adelaide, Sarah moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a Masters in Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, supported by the Muriel Berry and Gyles Thomas Lyth Scholarships.

Keith Crellin OAM

Artistic Director & Conductor, Adelaide Youth Orchestra
Keith Crellin OAM

From 2001-2016, Keith Crellin OAM held the positions of Head of the String Department and Conductor-in-Residence at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music. Since May 2016 he has concentrated on his role as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra which he took up in 2003, as well as further pursuing performing, conducting and composing.

Martin Butler OAM

Conductor, Adelaide Youth Strings

Born in London, Martin Butler began learning to play violin at the age of 8. At 11, he received a scholarship to attend the Guildhall School of Music. After leaving the GSM, he studied music composition at Surrey University under Reginald Smith-Brindle and Robin Maconie, graduating with First Class Honours and a Master’s Degree.

Minas Berberyan

Conductor Adelaide Youth Sinfonia

Minas Berberyan was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the age of 9 he was accepted to the Special Music School in Sofia, where he studied with Joanna Strateva, later continuing his studies at the Bulgarian National Academy of Music, studying under Prof. Josef Radionov.