Lux Australis is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to furthering Australian performing arts and performing artists. We commission and present original musical, theatrical and dance performances created by Australian composers, playwrights and choreographers.

Richard Parker

Artistic Director

Richard Parker, Founder of RATIONALE, has enjoyed a lifelong interest and involvement in music, dance and theatre. He studied piano with Neta Maughan at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, and cello with Karan Nagase at The Suzuki Institute in Matsumoto, Japan.

Richard has performed with various ensembles and orchestras and continues to be an advocate for music education and Australian composers. His lifelong involvement in music continues to this day, as the Artistic Director and a performer in Lux Australis.

Lux Australis Board

Peter Jopling AM KC
Greg Parker 
Ezra Parker


Mechelle Lughermo


Gardens Estate Foundation
Greg and Richard Parker
Mechelle Lughermo and Geoff Boxer

Luke Severn

Music Director

Concert cellist, composer, and conductor, Luke Severn possesses a musical voice of great versatility and passion. Noted for his expressive performances and dynamic and engaging personality he is emerging as an artistic tour de force in the Australian musical landscape.

A highly sought-after chamber musician, Luke has performed in festivals and chamber music series throughout Australia, Europe and North America. In recent seasons he has toured North America performing alongside violinist Andrew Sordsand pianist Cheryl Duval, performing trio programs by Brahms and Beethoven.

Luke is now the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra.

Elena Kats-Chernin


Elena Kats-Chernin received training at the Gnessin Musical College before immigrating to Australia in 1975. She graduated from the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music in 1980.

Elena Kats-Chernin has created works in nearly every genre. Among her many commissions are pieces for Ensemble Modern, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian World Orchestra, the Adelaide, Tasmanian, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the North Carolina Symphony.

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