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 also 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, 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'. 

Guest conductors who have contributed their skill and knowledge to the growth of the orchestra including 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 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.

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

Thank you.


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!!