After five years in Melbourne, Dean will lead Queensland Con woodwind department from 2016.

Acclaimed Australian clarinettist and composer Paul Dean will not renew his contract as Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music when it expires in 2016. It was announced on Friday that after five years leading ANAM Paul Dean, brother of composer and Berlin Philharmonic Viola player Brett Dean, would be taking up the position of Senior Lecturer of Clarinet and Head of Woodwind at the Queensland Conservatorium in his home city of Brisbane from the beginning of next year.

Chair of ANAM, Ian McRae, said he was “saddened” by Dean’s decision to return to Brisbane, but was unequivocal about his contribution to the institution. “Paul has left his indelible mark on ANAM, creating the strong and internationally recognised programme we now have,” said McRae. “The musicians of the future are blessed to have talented and active Australian musicians like Paul as mentors and educators.”

 In addition to his teaching responsibilities in Brisbane, Dean will be committing more time to his increasingly busy composition career. “This opportunity came up at the perfect time for me,” Dean says of the move. “While I’m excited about starting at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2016 I am very focussed on ANAM’s students this year. I know that I leave ANAM in a very strong place.”

The ANAM board will be commencing an extensive search for Dean’s replacement throughout the rest of this year, saying that they are “confident of securing an outstanding individual for the exciting task of taking ANAM into its 21st year and beyond.”