With a reputation for excellence, versatility and innovation, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is Australia’s oldest orchestra and an essential part of Melbourne’s rich cultural fabric.
The Orchestra performs live to 250,000 people annually, in concerts ranging from subscription performances at its home, Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne, to its annual free concerts at Melbourne’s largest outdoor venue, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
Sir Andrew Davis gave his inaugural concerts as Chief Conductor of the MSO in April 2013, having made his debut with the Orchestra in 2009. The MSO also works each season with Principal Guest Conductor Diego Matheuz, Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
The MSO reaches an even larger audience through its regular concert broadcasts on ABC Classic FM, and through recordings on Chandos and ABC Classics.
The MSO’s Education and Community Engagement initiatives deliver innovative and engaging programs to audiences of all ages, including MSO Learn, an educational iPhone and iPad app designed to teach children about the inner workings of an orchestra.