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Oz Fiddler Music was formed in 2012 by two enthusiastic and passionate music educators, Adrian Mansukhani and Nicholas Tester. Oz Fiddler Music's aim is to provide quality sheet music for string ensembles and orchestras that are accessible, original, educational, and above all, fun! Each composition/arrangement has been carefully crafted for specific levels of stringed players and groups. All arrangements are faithful to the original versions. With over 30 years of combined experience in strings education, Adrian and Nicholas provide quality string music that you can trust and enjoy for a lifetime.
Nicholas Tester - composer/arranger
Nicholas Tester is an enthusiastic and prolific Sydney string teacher and conductor with a great love of building and maintaining string programs. He is Junior Strings Coordinator and Conductor within Sydney Youth Orchestras. He teaches at Ravenswood School, and is Director of Strings at Lindfield P.S. and Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College.
Nicholas also conducts the week long Performing Arts Unit Strings Festival at the Opera House. It is for such string programs that Nicholas writes his compositions and arrangements. His aim is to try and develop good string technique while trying to keep the works attractive and fun to all students. With a strong belief that all sections within an orchestra are of equal importance, Nicholas endeavours to give interesting melodic material to all players in his compositions and arrangements. Nicholas has a great love of music and can't help but spend every waking moment spreading this same joy to all his students.
Adrian Mansukhani - composer/arranger
Adrian is a violinist, composer and arranger, conductor and music educator. He studied at the University of Sydney, where he graduated with Master of Music degree (composition), Bachelor of Engineering degree (Mechatronic; 2nd Class Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Music Composition; 1st Class Honours). He was awarded several university prizes: the Frank Albert Prize for music and the Donald Peart Memorial Prize for music.
Adrian began composition lessons with Prof. Anne Boyd at the University of Sydney. During the course of his degrees, he also studied with Ian Shanahan and Matthew Hindson. Other distinguished composers he has worked with include Georges Lentz, Richard Mills and Martin Bresnick.
Adrian's orchestral works have been performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Sydney University Symphony Orchestra and Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra. Other smaller works have been performed by members of the Sydney Symphony Fellowship Program, tutors at the National Music Camp and AARK Ensemble.
As a violinist, he has performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, SBS Youth Orchestra and Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.
As an educator, Adrian currently directs the strings programs at Denistone East Public School and Artarmon Public School. He teaches violin and conducts string ensembles in several other schools in Sydney's North Shore. Adrian is also an active music arranger, specialising in string music for schools and youth orchestras.