Our Tour Leaders

All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.

Phillip Sametz

Phillip Sametz is a writer, editor, presenter, tour leader, tutor, vocalist and arts administrator. In recent years, on ABC Classic, he presented Screen Sounds, Sunday Recital, Classic Breakfast and many live concert broadcasts. His history of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Play On!, was published by ABC Books, and his annotations and articles appear regularly on ABC Classics albums and in the program books of Victorian Opera and the Australian symphony orchestras. He tutors the Words About Music course at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp and is the Director and vocalist of the Sydney-based swing band The Mell-O-Tones.

(Photo by Pia Johnson)


Current Tours:

Australian Festival of Chamber Music  |  29 July – 02 August 2022 (5 days)

Out West Piano Fest  |  30 Sep – 03 Oct 2022 (4 days)

New York Spring Rhapsody  |  19 – 28 April 2023 (10 days)



“An excellent and thoughtful host.’’
Robert R.  |  Music by the Springs, 2022


“Phillip provided a wonderful balance of excellent knowledge, fun and good leadership.”
Kathryn D.  |  Sydney Opera & Music Extravaganza, 2021


“The best! Very knowledgeable and helpful. A delight to be with.’’
Kingsley G.  |  Coriole Music Festival, 2021


“Phillip is very knowledgeable and very friendly. He gave great attention to all his guests and his talks were excellent.’’
DArcy W.  |  Music by the Springs, 2021


“Phillip was personable, charming and very knowledgeable – the interviews he hosted were a highlight.”
Elaine L.  |  Adelaide Festival, 2021


Phillip was an absolute gem! Always so agreeable, amusing and charming.”
Nick B. |  Stemme and Lundgren in Hobart, 2019


“This was an incredible tour with Phillip having researched and presented a richly informative lecture on Wagner, and Parsifal in particular.
Joan T.  |  Wagner’s Parsifal in Melbourne, 2019