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 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 Carl Vine. The orchestra has also commissioned works by Australian composers Robert Davidson and Paul-Antoni Bonetti.
Brisbane Symphony Orchestra currently performs up to eight concerts per year in Brisbane and small regional centres such as Samford, Bribie Island and Kawana Waters. The orchestra has also performed in many South-East Queensland concert venues such as Toowoomba, Maleny, Noosa, Gold Coast and Caloundra. Orchestra members feel great enjoyment from performing and sharing their love of classical music with these communities.
Soloists and Guest Conductors
The orchestra works regularly with soloists and conductors from the Queensland Orchestra and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Guest conductors have included John Curro, Peter Luff and Gwyn Roberts. Soloists have included Alan Smith, co-concertmaster of the The Queensland Orchestra, Oleg Stepanov and Marcus Stocker lecturers at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Jenni Fleming - soloist and music educator, Gwyn Roberts - lecturer in cello at the University of Queensland, baritone Paul Neal, Allan Hall - Brisbane cellist and music educator, and pianists Juliet Hoey and Janice Lockwood. Often, concerto soloists are members of the orchestra.
The 1998 Gala Concert, featuring Oleg Stepanov, won critical acclaim and favourable comparison with Brisbane's professional ensembles.
Brisbane Symphony Orchestra often combines with other music ensembles including Topology, Youth Orchestra of St Peters Lutheran College and various Queensland Choirs to perform such works as Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture', Graeme Koehne's 'Powerhouse', and various large Choral works.
BSO concerts are regularly recorded and broadcast by 4MBS, Brisbane's local classical music radio station.
American virtuoso violinist Professor Charles Castleman has apperared three times with Brisbane Symphony. He has performed the Tchaikovsky and Brahms violin concerti in 2004 and 2006 respectively and played the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the orchestra in 2008.
This year's program of concerts promises at the very least, to live up to the strong tradition of excellence.
The Brisbane Symphony Orchestra is a not-for-profit organisation. 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 and its Creative Brisbane for its continued support.
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We are 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!!