Audacious, exhilarating and with limitless vision, the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) is Australia’s true national orchestra, and is firmly established as an Australian global representative for classical music.
The AWO brings together Australia’s finest classical musicians, from the world’s greatest orchestras and ensembles, to create a uniquely electrifying musical experience. Founded in 2010 by Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Alexander Briger AO, each year the Orchestra presents dazzling performances, led by world-renowned conductors such as Maestro Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti and Simone Young AM.
Comprising 250 players drawn from over 50 of the world’s finest orchestras and ensembles, the AWO’s leading musicians hail from prestigious ensembles such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.
The plush, award-winning sound of the Orchestra has cemented the AWO’s reputation as charismatic, inspiring, and uniquely different, winning awards and stunning audiences world-wide as the AWO has toured India and Singapore, and is performing in the United Kingdom in 2022.
Committed to producing new and exciting classical music, the AWO commissioned Australian composers Elena Kats-Chernin AO and Paul Dean to create exceptional pieces of music in 2016 and 2021, respectively. This led to the development of The Witching Hour, the first concerto for eight double-basses, and Paul Dean’s first symphony, entitled Symphony.
Alongside fine music making, the AWO also believes in nurturing classical music excellence through the next generation and education programs. The Orchestra’s world-class players engage with and foster the talents of young Australian classical musicians to help them realise their ambition to one day be a part of the AWO.