The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has appointed 26-year old Australian Toby Thatcher to the highly coveted position of SSO Assistant Conductor. Toby was one of five hand-picked international and Australian candidates who auditioned for the role before a panel including the SSO’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson.
“Toby showed us he is ready to embark on the next stage of his career, displaying excellent conducting technique, authority and musicality in what can only be described as a highly impressive audition out of a particularly strong field of candidates,” Maestro Robertson said.
The SSO is one of several Australian orchestras that have created assistant or associate conducting programs in order to develop emerging conducting talent, resulting in a significant number of young Australian conductors achieving recognition in Australia and abroad. This includes well-known Australian conductor Nicholas Carter who, after holding the position of SSO Assistant Conductor from 2009 to 2012, was recently announced as the new Principal Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.