Roger Dean

b. Roger Thornton Dean, 6 September 1948, Manchester, Lancashire, England. Although set on a scientific career, Dean took music lessons and began playing semi-professionally while at university. Developing…
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b. Roger Thornton Dean, 6 September 1948, Manchester, Lancashire, England. Although set on a scientific career, Dean took music lessons and began playing semi-professionally while at university. Developing into a gifted multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, bass and vibraphone, he embarked upon a career in music and in the early 70s became a member of Graham Collier’s group. In the middle of the decade he formed his own group, Lysis, and was involved with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra. In addition to performing, Dean established a growing reputation as a composer, his work in both areas ranging over various aspects of contemporary music. Throughout this crowded working schedule Dean’s scientific career continued apace, and in the 80s he taught at Brunel University. He relocated to Australia at the end of the decade, forming austraLYSIS and working with the Sydney Alpha Ensemble and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He remains active in humanities research and in 2002 was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra.