Artist 2011

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Josephine Allan

Josephine Allan

Principal Piano – Sydney Symphony Orchestra

“What a fantastic idea… to bring together all these wonderful Australian artists in their home country. I feel sure the result will be a spectacular display of our very special Aussie enthusiasm and excellence, and I very much look forward to taking part!”

Sophia Ang

Sophia Ang

Percussion – Australian Youth Orchestra

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to play in the Australian World Orchestra as a part of my participation in the 2011 Australian Youth Orchestra program. It will allow me to play along side Australia’s top professional orchestral musicians. As the other players are all part of the professional music scene both here and overseas it will be fantastic to learn from their vast musical experience. I am looking forward to performing in the three concerts and being involved in such a unique orchestra.”

Dale Barltrop

Dale Barltrop

Concertmaster – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; First Violinist – Australian String Quartet; Former Concertmaster – Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

“There’s a certain undefinable chemistry that is unique to Australian music-making. The idea of bringing together Australian musicians from all over the world is really quite thrilling – the chemistry is going to be off the charts!”

Michael Bertoncello

Michael Bertoncello

Former Trombone – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Former Solo Trombone – Tonhalle Orchester, Zürich

“To get the chance to make music with great friends and colleagues from all over the world is an absolute luxury – that we are all Australian – who could ask for more?“

Kees Boersma

Kees Boersma

Principal Double Bass – Sydney Symphony Orchestra

“What a wonderful enterprise – to put together an orchestra of the best Australian musicians, both those practising their craft here in Australia and the many who are resident in other countries. It’s a truly great idea which I hope will be supported at every level.”

Francesco Celata

Francesco Celata

Associate Principal Clarinet – Sydney Symphony Orchestra

“Australia’s relative geographical isolation has made us curious about our relationship to the world, which often challenges and inspires us to great heights in all fields, whether science, sport, film, art or music. The AWO is an exciting initiative that will firmly position Australian orchestral musicians, composers and conductors on the world musical map.”

Brielle Clapson

Brielle Clapson

Violin – Sydney Symphony Orchestra

“Taking people out of their ordinary lives for a week to create music together and share stories from all around the world will be incredible!”

Rosemary Curtin

Rosemary Curtin

Viola – Sydney Symphony Orchestra

“This is a such a bold and inspiring idea which I know the AWO team is capable of making a reality and a wonderful success.”

Brett Dean

Brett Dean

Composer in Residence – BBC Symphony Orchestra; AWO Composer; Former Viola – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

“I am so looking forward to returning to Australia to play again with the incomparable AWO. These concerts with Sir Simon Rattle area bound to be unforgettable. In addition, I’m incredibly proud to be orchestrating Debussy’s “Ariettes Oubliées” for the sublime Magdalena Kožená and the orchestra.”

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