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2023, 2022, 2019

John Arcaro


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Victoria College of the Arts

John Arcaro has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1990. He has also been a guest timpanist/ percussionist with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa Japan, Malaysian Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, The Australian World Orchestra and almost all Australian Symphony/Opera and Ballet Orchestras. He has worked as a chamber musician and soloist with ensembles such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Synergy Percussion, Speak Percussion, Astra, Aphids, The Pokrovsky Ensemble Russia and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Performance highlights have included a critically acclaimed performance of Stockhausen’s Kontakte with pianist Michael Kieran Harvey in 1996. John has recorded numerous film scores and performed with a wide range of popular artists, including Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton-John, KISS and Sting. John studied in New York and Philadelphia with leading orchestral percussionists after graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) with high distinction. He is currently on Faculty at ANAM. 

Last updated 2023