A former Young Artist at Opera Australia, Paul Kildea has conducted throughout Australia and Europe.
During a four-year appointment as Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival he conducted and programmed a broad repertory. In addition to Aldeburgh he has held artistic posts with the Perth festival and Wigmore Hall, London, where he was Artistic Director.
He is currently Artistic Director of Four Winds Festival on the South Coast of New South Wales. Kildea holds an honours degree in piano performance and a masters degree in musicology from The University of Melbourne, where he is now an Honorary Principal Fellow, and a doctorate from Oxford University.
His books include Selling Britten and Britten on Music. In January 2013 Penguin published his major new biography, Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century, to considerable critical acclaim.