Antoni Bonetti is founding conductor and artistic director of Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and Noosa Orchestra. He also lectures at the University of Queensland (School of Music) where he completed a Master of Music degree. He is Head of Strings at St Aidan's Anglican Girls School and Senior String teacher at Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Noosa.
Antoni has performed, conducted, adjudicated and given master classes across Australia, USA, Europe and New Zealand as well as participating in symposiums for professional conductors with such acclaimed conductors as Gianluigi Gelmetti. He has conducted the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and various Brisbane opera seasons.
London born, Antoni studied violin with Robert Pikler in Sydney and played with many Australian symphony orchestras and in Europe freelanced with the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. He accepted a position as concertmaster of the Norrlands Opera Sweden, and was for two years a member of the Mannheim Chamber Orchestra.
In 1981, Antoni accepted the position of concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra and lectured at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music from 1982 to 1992. He and his clarinettist wife, Ruth, form the nucleus of Quartetto Bonetti. Antoni also plays with other chamber groups and has led various Baroque instrument ensembles in Germany, Sydney and Brisbane.
As a conductor, Antoni has worked with many distinguished international musicians including Charles Castleman, Thea King and Marcus Stocker, and has an ever increasing large range of varied orchestral repertoire. During more than two decades at St Peters Lutheran College, Antoni built the programme to encompass many diverse ensembles. The Youth Orchestra of St Peters made six national tours including performances in most Australian capital cities, has completed a European tour in 1995 and toured twice to New Zealand. He teaches violin and viola, coaches chamber groups and directs music camps.
BSO FOUNDER AND CONDUCTOR
Antoni teaches violin and viola, coaches chamber groups and directs music camps.
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