2023, 2019, 2018

Rohan de Korte


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Former Associate Principal Cellist – Orchestra Victoria; Former Cello – Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Cologne Hochschule for Music

As one of the tallest cellists in the world Rohan de Korte has enjoyed an unobstructed view of nearly every conductor he has ever worked with. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the musicians who have to sit behind him.

A graduate of the Köln Hochschule fur Musik Rohan studied cello with Claus Kanngiesser and chamber music with the Alban Berg Quartet. Other teachers include Valter Despalj, Nelson Cooke and Henry Wenig.

Inspired by a concert given by the MSO in Cologne on their 2000 European tour Rohan returned to Australia. He found work for the next three years playing with the Sydney Symphony, then as the Associate Principal Cellist with Orchestra Victoria before finally joining the MSO in 2009.

He is also an active chamber musician and has recently performed the Brahms sonatas and the cycle of Beethoven works for cello and piano with Darrly Coote for the team of Pianists. He plays with the Australia Octet, Wilma and Friends, and the Roger Young Collective. Rohan is also on the staff at the VCA and Melbourne Uni and has arranged many pieces for cello quartet, including a very popular Bohemian Rhapsody as well as writing his own music- ‘The Haunted House’ is always a hit with his three sons.

Last updated 2023