2019, 2016, 2015 Berlin Trio, 2015 India, 2015, 2013, 2011
“As an expatriate musician for 26 years, I have often marvelled at how many Australian musicians there are in the world’s top orchestras, and how an immediate bond is felt whenever we meet. I’ve often dreamt of what sort of orchestra those musicians would create when combined, and it is very exciting to have played with the AWO in every season and yo be invited to conduct the orchestra.”

Stanley Dodds


Conductor – AWO 2016; Principal Conductor – Berlin Symphony Orchestra; Violin – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Australian Hometown: Adelaide
Education: Lucerne Conservatorium, Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic

Stanley Dodds was appointed Principal Conductor, Berlin Symphony Orchestra commencing 2014/2015 with six sold-out concerts a season in the Berlin Philharmonie including the annual New Year’s Gala concert with Beethoven’s Ninth. He was chief conductor of the Berlin Sibelius Orchestra and the Schoeneberg Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2014 and continues to make regular appearances as conductor with both orchestras at each of Berlin’s principal concert venues. Since 2012 he has also been appointed conductor of the State Youth Orchestra of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania and is artistic director of the annual youth orchestra festival in Neubrandenburg.

Past guest conductor appearances include the Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Jena Philharmonic, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicale Milano, Orchestra Academy Scholars of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin.

Stanley Dodds is frequently called upon to conduct ensembles of the Berlin Philharmonic, and works regularly in close collaboration with Sir Simon Rattle. Soloists in his concerts include many noted principals of the Berlin Philharmonic and singers such as Christine Schäfer, Anna Prohaska, Siobhan Stagg, Katarina Karnéus, Michael Nagy and Shenyang.

He has conducted at the Salzburg and Baden-Baden Easter Festivals, MaerzMusik Berlin and at the Summer Festival in Mecklenburg Western Pomerania.

His repertoire embraces the core symphonic works of the 19th and early 20th century and with a particular affinity for the works of Beethoven, Schumann, Wagner, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Sibelius, Debussy, Berg, Bartók, Janáček, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. In addition he is a keen proponent of contemporary music with numerous works premiered under his direction.

Stanley Chia-Ming Dodds was born in Canada, grew up in Australia and as a dual German-Australian citizen based in Berlin. He began violin and piano studies in Adelaide at age four and continued his music education in Linz (Austria) and Lucerne (Switzerland). After completing his Bachelor and Masters studies in Lucerne he became a scholar at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic before receiving tenure as a violinist in the Berlin Philharmonic in 1994.

He studied conducting in Australia, Switzerland and Germany, his most important mentor being the acclaimed Finnish professor Jorma Panula. Other important influences on his conducting career have been the chief conductors of the Berlin Philharmonic during his tenure there, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle.

In addition to his conducting activities he also maintains a position since 2010 as media chairman and member of the executive board of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Last updated 2018