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2011 ABC Symphony Australia YPA winner

Nicholas Russoniello wins the Young Performers Awards with the Yoshimatsu Saxophone Concerto “Cyber-bird”

Conducting Courses 2012 – apply by 29 July 2011

Applications open for Conducting Courses 2012

Annual Report 2010

Annual Report 2010.pdf (1.8mb) Click to download a copy of Symphony Services Australia’s Annual Report for 2010.

The Podium #3

The April 2011 issue of The Podium (issue #3) contains the following items:  Associate Profile: the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Surtitles – about our new service for surtitling Top tip: applying for an Australia Council grant A Heritage Worthy of Revival – Australia’s forgotten music – by Rhoderick McNeill Foreign Correspondence – East side story […]

East Side Story

Gordon Kalton Williams writes from San Francisco You’d almost expect musical innovation in the East Bay area of San Francisco. Harry Partch, who conceived music with 43 tones to the octave, was born in Oakland in 1901 and, though a hobo for much of his life, regarded the Oakland/East Bay area as his preferred stomping […]

A Heritage Worthy of Revival – Australia’s forgotten music

by Rhoderick McNeill None of Australia’s important composers have captured the national imagination like our sporting heroes.  They are not commemorated on Australian postage stamps or our money.  Nevertheless, in recent years it has been possible to hear and purchase commercial recordings of the major Australian orchestral works of our time, including music by Sculthorpe, […]

The Podium #2

In the second edition of the Podium (December 2010): The Accidental Necessity: ABC involvement with the Australian orchestras – by David Garrett 10% – 25% discount on hire of Symphony Services Music Library top 20s Associate Profile: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Symphony Services Music Library announces new hire charges for 2011 – better value than ever […]

Library Top 20 Offer for 2011

The library has announced the top 20 Overtures, Concertos and Symphonies hired in the past decade. Discounts of 10% – 25% are available on items in the lists.

Associate Profile: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) is the resident orchestra of New Zealand’s biggest city, and has achieved iconic status in its 30 year history. The orchestra was formed in 1980 when 19 players from the collapsed Symphonia of Auckland founded a cooperatively-run orchestra. APO is now supported by Creative New Zealand, the ratepayers of Auckland, The […]

Kate Lidbetter – Address to AAPRO

Kate Lidbetter, addressing the Association of Asian and Pacific Region Orchestras conference, discusses the issue of Audience Outreach, the unique challenges Australia presents in reaching audiences including some new technology developments that are designed to reach audiences in new ways.

The Accidental Necessity: ABC involvement with the Australian orchestras – by David Garrett

Australia now has six fully-professional symphony orchestras, all of whom are Members of Symphony Services International, but their existence was not inevitable. So how did it happen? David Garrett looks at the early history and the role of some visionaries. There was no historical necessity that a broadcasting organisation, the Australian Broadcasting Commission (as it […]

AAPRO rundown: Notes from the Association of Asian and Pacific Region Orchestras conference

Notes from the Association of Asian and Pacific Region Orchestras conference, Hong Kong, October 2010 – Kate Lidbetter Chief Executive Officer Kate Lidbetter attended the Association of Asian and Pacific Region Orchestras (AAPRO) conference in Hong Kong from 14-17 October 2010.  She delivered a speech on Audience Development which can be read here, and provides […]

Summit Summaries

One of the key benefits that Symphony Services International offers to its Associates and Members is annual Summits. These are get-togethers of similar people from within professional orchestras across Australia and the region. In 2010 we hosted three Summits – for orchestral librarians, Chief Executives and Artistic Administrators.

Young performers Awards – grand final media release

2010 YPA Grand Final Media Release

Julian Yu

Works 2001 / Willow and Wattle / Orchestra: MSO2002 / Symphonic Variations on a Theme of Paganini Orchestra: TQO2004 / Sinfonia Chaconnissima / Orchestra: MSO1997 / The Little Gecko / Orchestra: SSO http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/artist/yu-julian

The Podium #1

The podium is our newsletter – the inaugural edition features Death and Transfiguration (the prognosis for classical music)
Oliver She wins 2010 young performers award final
New associate: Philharmonia Taiwan
Become a member of the Symphony International Family
Top Tip: what to consider when sourcing music
…and much more! Click the heading to view.

Institute of Musical Research, University of London – David Garrett

From 1-3 July 2010, our colleague David Garrett attended a conference hosted by the Institute of Musical Research, University of London, titled The Symphony Orchestra as Cultural Phenomenon.  David kindly agreed to provide us with a report on the sessions he attended. The full program of the conference can be accessed at: http://music.sas.ac.uk/imr-events/imr-conferences-colloquia-performance-events/the-symphony-orchestra-as-cultural-phenomenon.html#c1420 David presented […]

Announcing a new venture

Symphony Services International today announced an excting new venture.

Annual Report 2009

Annual Report 2009 Download a copy of Symphony Australia’s Annual Report for 2009.

Tristram Williams (VIC) Trumpet

Tristram Williams maintains a busy international career as a soloist, ensemble musician, improvisor and educator. He has appeared as a soloist in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Britain, USA, China and many times around Australia, including the Australian premiere of Peter Eötvös’ trumpet concerto Jet Stream in Melbourne in 2006. He was appointed Associate Principal […]

Benjamin Kopp (VIC) Piano

A finalist in the 2004 Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards, Benjamin Kopp has performed as soloist with Orchestra Victoria and the Melbourne, Sydney and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, and has collaborated with conductors Vladimir Verbitsky, Brett Kelly, Marco Zuccarini and John Harding. Currently based in Switzerland, he has performed at numerous international summer schools and […]

Shaun Lee-Chen (WA) Violin

Shaun Lee-Chen has been a member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra since 2006. He completed his Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the University of Western Australia in 2000 with First Class Honours, studying with Paul Wright and Pal Eder. Upon graduation, he was the recipient of numerous prizes including the University of Western Australia […]

Jessica Foot (VIC) oboe

Jessica Foot began playing oboe at the age of 10, under the tutorage of Sue Taylor. She continued her studies with Anne Gilby, and with Eve Newsome whilst completing a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2004. During this time Jessica was awarded the Friends of the VCA Encouragement […]

Rebecca Chan (VIC) violin

Rebecca Chan began her musical studies at an early age on both violin and piano and has been performing since the age of four. At 15 she began studying at the Melbourne University Conservatorium with William Hennessy whilst completing degrees in Medicine and Arts. Since 2004 she has studied with Alice Waten at the Australian […]

Maxwell Foster (QLD) piano

Maxwell Foster began music lessons as a young child and at the age of eight entered the Queensland Young Conservatorium of Music where he studied under Jenni Flemming. He has won many prizes including the award for the best performer in the Redland Bay Eisteddfod (2005), winner of the intermediate section of the Queensland Piano […]

David Papp (NSW) oboe

David Papp learned piano and oboe as a child and studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School, attaining the LMusA in both instruments in 2001 at the age of 17. After completing his HSC in 2002, he decided to focus on the oboe and make it his principal instrument. He studied at the […]

Ji Won Kim (NSW) violin

Ji Won Kim attended the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) before continuing her studies in Europe and obtaining a Bachelor of Music with high distinction from the Vienna Hochschule in 2004. At the University of Melbourne in 2008, she completed a Master of Music with high distinction under the guidance of Nelli […]

Kate Lidbetter – Keynote address to China Symphony Development Foundation

President Guo, vice presidents, ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to be here today and am grateful for the opportunity to tell you a little about the Australian network of professional symphony orchestras, and about Symphony Australia. I have worked for 20 years as an arts administrator in Australia, including eight years as Artist Development […]