Matan Franco graduated VCE in 2010 having arrived from New Zealand in 2009.
As a singer, performer, arranger and composer he has performed in the Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha’atzmaut community concerts for the past 4 years and continues to perform at many community events. He was recently the featured performer at the Farewell Ceremony for Ambassador Yuval Rotem.
At King David, Matan studied music with Adam Yee, and undertook voice lessons with Dermot Tutty. Matan has a Bachelor of Music, specialising in composition, from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Matan has been proudly supported by the Lionel Gell Foundation Scholarship for Composition throughout 2013. Matan composed and conducted a musical piece at the 2013 Presentation Evening based on the poem by Raquel Chalfi.
The following message was received from Matan after his performance at Presentation Evening:
To the wonderful KDS music staff,I would like to thank you all for what has been an incredibly special experience. After my first rehearsal with the orchestra/choir last week, I emailed Adam to say how impressed I was by the standard of playing. Naturally, there were a few issues that needed to be nutted out, but overall, I found all students to be very musical and receptive to changes/suggestions/feedback. I believe the current standard of the music department is a testament to the outstanding work you all perform on a daily basis – I have felt that the department has truly grown from strength to strength since my time at the school, as is evident by the increasingly challenging and complex repertoire that is selected, be it for the Winter Concert or school musical. I so admire you all.Thank you for your support, advice, guidance and wisdom throughout the process of putting Eifoh together. I have learnt a great amount, and am truly grateful to have had the experience.It has been a pleasure to return to KDS and catch up with those of you from my days at the school, as well as to meet those of you who have joined the department in the years since. The experience of working and collaborating with you all has been a very special one, and one which I hope to repeat in the near future.I wish each of you all the very best for the rest of the year, and for the festive season ahead – I hope you will all manage to have a very well-earned break!Until next time….Best wishes,Matan