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 has been an arts administrator, writer, pre-concert speaker, MC and jazz crooner. On ABC Classic FM, he presented Screen Sounds, Sunday Recital, Classic Breakfast and many live concert broadcasts, and his history of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Play On!, was published by ABC Books. Phillip’s annotations and articles appear regularly on ABC Classics albums and in the program books of Opera Australia and many Australian symphony orchestras. Phillip is presently the Alumni Co-ordinator at the Australian National Academy of Music, and is the Director and vocalist of the swing band The Mell-O-Tones.

(Photo by Pia Johnson)


Current Tours:

Sydney Opera Extravaganza  |  23–28 March 2020 (6 days)

The 18th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw  |  13–23 October 2020 (11 days)



“An incredible tour with Mr Sametz. He researched and presented a richly informative lecture on Wagner. It was top drawer.”
Joan T.   |  Wagner’s Parsifal in Melbourne 2019