Roman Ponomariov’s work as a teacher, academic, soloist and orchestral musician is unified
by his commitment to achieving artistic excellence through innovation.
With over a decade’s experience in his field, Roman is renowned for his belief in placing
students’ needs, interests and experience at the centre of his teaching. He is in demand as
an instrumental teacher and lecturer at Australia’s leading tertiary institutions and tutors at
Victoria’s State Music Camp and throughout the annual seasons of the Australian Youth
Orchestra and Melbourne Youth Orchestras. With a passion for academic research, Roman’s
current interests centre upon the ways in which operatic singing techniques – including
posture, air support, and projection – guide brass players’ technical development.
Roman’s broad array of skills underpins his work onstage and in the pit. He has appeared
with all the major Australian orchestras as well as with the Malaysian Philharmonic and
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestras. Roman has produced broadcast recordings for 3MBS
and ABC Classic FM, and as soloist has featured alongside the Western Australian Youth
Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony, Zelman, Stonnington, and Heidelberg Symphony
A champion of chamber repertoire, Roman frequently collaborates with local and
international artists. He has performed at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory
Music and has twice featured at Japan’s Pacific Music Festival in chamber ensembles
comprising members of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Roman is a founding
member of the Melbourne Brass Trio.
The recipient of countless international awards for excellence in music performance and
leadership, Roman is committed to providing his students with exciting, ongoing
opportunities for learning. While comfortable and highly skilled as a performer, Roman is a
steadfast believer in facilitating artists’ development and relishes the opportunity to assist
young musicians in achieving their goals.
Roman holds a Masters’ Degree from Rice University (William VerMeulen) and a Bachelor of
Music (Honours) from The University of Melbourne (Geoff Collinson, Barry Tuckwell).