Alexander Briger AO

AWO Chief Conductor and Artistic Director

Conductor: 2011 Australian season, 2016 (Sydney and Singapore), 2018 India Tour, 2019 Australian season.

Westlake Flying Dream
Janacek Taras Bulba
Sibelius Symphony No.2

2018 – India Tour
Beethoven Symphony No. 7 Op. 92 in A major
Mozart Piano Concerto no.23 in A major, k488, 2nd and 3rd movements
Saint-Saëns “Rondo Capriccioso”
Mozart Don Giovanni Overture
Bizet Arias from Carmen“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Habanera), “Près des remparts de Séville” (Seguidilla), “Les tringles des sisters tintaient” (Gypsy Song)
Jenkins “Palladio”
Vivaldi Sinfonia in C major

Ravel Boléro
Kats-Chernin The Witching Hour; A Concerto for Eight Double Basses
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E minor

Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Beethoven Symphony Op.9 (Choral)

Maestro Riccardo Muti

Conductor 2018 season

“The spirit that moves them is extremely intense and full of enthusiasm because everyone wants to do the best. There is a sort of happiness among them.”

Brahms Symphony No.2 in D major
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 in F minor
Verdi Nabucco Overture



Stanley Dodds

Conductor 2016 season

I think I’m fortunate to be able to say that I’ve been asked to conduct the AWO in 2016, which is a great honour and privilege for me as a conductor.

Beethoven Symphony No.7 in A major
Dvořák Symphony No.9 in E minor

Sir Simon Rattle

Conductor 2015 season

“We know that Australia is the centre of the universe but even as far away as Berlin we’ve all heard how fantastic the Australian World Orchestra is and we’re all fighting either to play in it or conduct it or to sing with it. Magdalena and I are thrilled to be coming to Australia and we can’t wait to work with this great orchestra.”

DebussyPrélude à l’après-midi d’un faune”
DebussyAriettes oubliées” (Orchestrated by Brett Dean)
Bruckner Symphony No.8 C minor

Zubin Mehta

Conductor 2013 season & 2015 India Tour

“For many years I have worked with and developed friendships with the Australian musicians who hold major positions with the great orchestras around the world. Many of them played in the Australian World Orchestra’s highly successful inaugural season in Sydney in 2011 and when I was asked if I would return to Australia to conduct the AWO in 2013 I did not hesitate to agree.”

2015: India Tour
Beethoven Overture Leonore No.3
Mozart “Der Hölle Rache” from The Magic Flute
Verdi Leonora’s aria from “Il Travore”
Rossini “Una voce poco fa” from The Barber of Seville
Haydn Toy Symphony
Brahms Symphony No.2 in D major
Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante
Schubert Symphony No.9 in C major

Stravinsky Rite of Spring
Mahler Symphony No.1 in D major

Simone Young AM

Conductor 2011 & 2017 seasons

“I’m always astonished to find Australians in key positions in the orchestras around the world. I think this project is going to give Australians a chance to see just how good the musicians are we export to the world”

Messiaen Turangalîla-Symphonie

Wagner Prelude and Venusberg Music
SculthorpeEarth Cry”
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 Pathétique

Brett Dean

Conductor 2011 season

“I fully support this exciting new Australian World Orchestra. It’s the kind of really big idea that is an inspiration to all Australian musicians and one in which we would all love to be involved.”

DeanVexations and Devotions”


Nick Deutsch

International Advisor, AWO
Artistic Director Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)
Solo Oboe, Frankfurt Opera; Solo Oboe, Budapest Festival Orchestra;
Prof. of Oboe, Hochschule für Musik, Leipzig

“Bringing home Australian musicians based in many of the world’s great orchestras and combining them with their local colleagues will undoubtedly create a world-class ensemble. I welcome this initiative with great enthusiasm. I look forward to being part of such an exciting project and believe that it will be an inspiring experience for musicians and audiences alike.”

Belinda McFarlane

Youth Education Programme Advisor, AWO
Violinist, London Symphony Orchestra

“How exciting – an orchestra on as grand a scale as our beautiful country! A concert not to be missed, as thrilling for the artists as it is for the audience. The education of our youth is of paramount importance and I’m honored and thrilled to be the Youth Programme Advisor. I know our education programme will captivate the imagination of our youth whilst assisting them with the development of their careers.”