Brisbane Symphony Orchestra (formerly Brisbane Sinfonia) was formed in 1990 in response to the need for a community orchestra of professional performance standard. Members of the orchestra are drawn from all walks of life, including medical specialists, lawyers, teachers and professional musicians engaged in music education. The orchestra has had marked success, due in great measure to the efforts of founding conductor and artistic director Antoni Bonetti.

Brisbane Symphony Orchestra’s annual concert program provides an entertaining array of standard orchestral repertoire by such composers as Beethoven, Stravinsky, Dvorak, Bruch, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Britten, Berlioz, Shostakovich and Gershwim. The orchestra has commissioned works by Australian composers Robert Davidson and Paul-Antoni Bonetti.

The Brisbane Symphony Orchestra currently performs up to eight concerts per year in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast.  Orchestra members enjoy performing and sharing their love of classical music with these communities.


The orchestra works regularly with internationally acclaimed soloists.  Past soloists include Professor Charles Castleman (violin), Simon Tedeschi (piano), Patrick Murphy (cello), Graeme Jennings (violin), Dr Suzanna Hlinka (piano), Pamela Page (piano), Georgia White (mezzo-soprano), Trish O'Brien (cello), Peter Luff (French Horn), Brendan Joyce (violin) and Anna Stephens (soprano). 

The Brisbane Symphony Orchestra often combines with other music ensembles including the Brisbane Chorale, Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir, Queensland Festival Chorus, Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and Topology to perform various large scale and choral works.  Performances of such works include Verdi 'Requiem', Holst 'The Planets', Walton 'Belshazzar's Feast', Elgar 'Dream of Gerontius', Mahler 'Symphony no. 2', Vaughan Williams 'Sea Symphony' and Esenvald 'Lakes Awake at Dawn'. 

In May 2019 BSO performed two near sell-out concerts of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir.

Guest conductors who have contributed their skill and knowledge to the growth of the orchestra include John Curro, Peter Luff, Gwyn Roberts and Paul Dean. 

BSO concerts are regularly recorded and broadcast by 4MBS, Brisbane's local classical music radio station.

This year's program of concerts promises at the very least, to live up to our strong tradition of excellence.



We are currently looking for trumpeters, rank and file cellists and percussionists.

If you would like to be part of our dynamic and exciting orchestra please get in touch today!!



As a not-for-profit organisation The Brisbane Symphony Orchestra is funded by its members and contributions from the community. The musicians happily volunteer their time for rehearsals and performances to bring fantastic music to a range of venues.

We are thankful to the Brisbane City Council for its continued support through the Creative Brisbane program

If you would like to help us, please consider a tax deductible contribution. It's safe and easy  through our PayPal account.

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As a dynamic and successful orchestral association performing up to eight concerts each year we offer our sponsors unique access to an audience of discerning customers.

Our concert programme offers an interesting mix of popular and challenging works from the classical repertoire, and we have developed a strong following in the Brisbane community.

Our seasons are marketed through a number of communication channels each offering our sponsors a unique opportunity to promote their products and/or services to our audience, members, and stakeholders. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss the options available, and should you wish to make an enquiry please get in touch with the BSO committee today, we'd love to hear from you!