Audacious, exhilarating and with limitless vision, the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) is recognised as one of the most exciting initiatives in Australia’s cultural history.
Founded in 2010 by Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Alexander Briger AO, our mission is to bring together Australia’s finest classical musicians – from ensembles at home as well as all around the world – to create something uniquely electrifying. Touring within Australia and overseas has won the Orchestra an enviable reputation and reached out to new audiences for classical music, while our education program has helped foster the next generation of Australian musicians.
Totalling 250 players drawn from over 50 of the world’s finest orchestras and ensembles, the AWO can call on leading musicians from Australia’s state orchestras as well as their ex-pat colleagues 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 sheer array of talent, coupled with our plush, award-winning sound, has seen many of the world’s starriest conductors lining up to lead us both in Australia and overseas.
Hailed by audiences and critics alike as charismatic, inspiring and one of a kind; in the words of Sir Simon Rattle:
“the AWO is not just a national treasure but an international treasure”.
Awards for Australian World Orchestra
Helpmann Award: Best Symphony Orchestra Concert 2016
Limelight Magazine Award: Best Orchestral Concert 2011