End of An Era: Mathias Rogala-Koczorowski steps down

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MATHIAS ROGALA‑KOCZOROWSKI, began playing brass with the Waverley College and Waverley Bondi Beach Bands in Sydney. He served his orchestral apprenticeship with the ABC National Training Orchestra 1974-75, while studying French horn with Alan Mann at the Sydney Conservatorium.  He spent a year with the Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra and two years with the Queensland Theatre Orchestra (1977‑79) under Viennese maestro, Georg Tintner, before furthering his studies in Cologne in Germany under Prof. Erich Penzel.

Upon his return to Sydney in 1981 he freelanced with the Australian Opera, and, as Principal, the Bolshoi Ballet and the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra. As Band Co‑Ordinator N.S.W. (1997‑99) he helped organise the Australian Bicentennial Band Championships and managed the Australian tour of the renowned Black Dyke Mills Band. In 1992 he toured the USA as Principal Horn with the Australian Wind Orchestra.  From 1996 to 2010 he was Conductor of the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra.

From 1990 to 2008 he was Brass Teacher at Mitchell Conservatorium in Bathurst, as well as regularly appearing as a recitalist in chamber concerts with such ensembles as the John Gould String Quartet, the Esprit de Cor Horn Quartet, the Brasswest Brass Quintet and Mitchell Conservatorium Musicians. He has been Conductor of the Bathurst City and RSL Concert Band since 1990.

In 2014 he was awarded the RSL Certificate of Merit for his services to the League, as Conductor of the band at 24 years of commemorative services.

Mathias Rogala-Koczorowski conducting the City & RSL Band at the 11am Anzac Ceremony 2014
Mathias Rogala-Koczorowski conducting the City & RSL Band
at the 11am Anzac Ceremony 2014