Artistic Director

Photo credit: Luke Potter Photography
Photo credit: Luke Potter Photography

Sadaharu Muramatsu (“Sada”) is the Artistic Director of Strathfield Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Choirmaster of Willoughby Symphony Choir, lecturer of Conducting at Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute), and Choirmaster of Sydney Sakura Choir.

In Syndey Sada has conducted the Penrith Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Camerata, Rockdale Opera Company, Eastern Sydney Chamber Choir, Kammerklang Chamber Orchestra and many other groups. His experience in Europe includes conducting the Budapest Operettszínház in a performance broadcast by Hungarian National Broadcasting Corporation (MTV). He also conducted numerous concerts in Japan including prestigious Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra and Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra. Sada has appeared in TV, radio, and newspapers including BBC, Channel 9, SBS radio and many media programmes.

Sada completed a Masters of Music in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. He was granted a fellowship to study conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney under the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists. Sada resides in Australia with a Distinguished Talent visa granted for his achievements by the Australian Government. In 2019, Sada was awarded a commendation from the Japanese Foreign Minister for outstanding achievements internationally.

His outstanding accomplishments include an Honorary Doctorate in Music from his alumnus Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK (2011); Second prize in the Vienna Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival with the Wesley Institute Choir in the Golden Hall, Musikverein, Austria (2011); Finalist and awarded Special Prize of the Jury at the Emmerich Kalman International Conductor’s Competition at the Budapest Operetta Theatre, Hungary (2007); Semi-finalist in the 2nd Bartok Bela International Opera-Conducting Competition in Romania (2007); Mortimer Furber Prize for Conducting in Manchester, UK (2005); and First prize at the ISIS Conducting Competition in Cambridge, UK (2001).

Sada studied conducting under Imre Pallo, Kurt Masur, Sir Mark Elder CBE, Gianandrea Noseda, Christian Mandeal, Hirofumi Misawa and Kazuki Sawa.

Photo credit: Jeremias Zylberberg
Photo credit: Jeremias Zylberberg